Every child and adult alike who has completed the hunter’s safety education course in order to obtain his or her hunting license is familiar with the Ten Commandments of gun safety. This list of rules is a valuable teaching tool and should be committed to memory by each individual who plans to hunt or handle firearms.
It is believed that these commandments originated from Remington Arms. Some believe its first appearance came in the rear pages of a wild game cookbook. Regardless of its origin, the ten commandments of gun safety could go down in history as some of the best information provided to hunters since the beginning of time.
Commandment 1: Treat every gun with respect. (Even if you think the gun is unloaded, act as if it is.) This is often referred to as the cardinal rule of gun safety.
Commandment 2: Carry only empty guns into your home, auto, or buildings. (Open the chamber, break open the barrel, or otherwise ensure that ammunition cannot be fired accidently.)
Commandment 3: Be sure your barrel and action are free from obstructions. Before loading, firing or even carrying your firearm, check your barrel, check the chamber. Be sure that your gun is in good condition before you use it. Never attempt to fire a gun that has an obstructed barrel.
Commandment 4: Carry your firearm so that you control the direction of the muzzle. By carrying your firearm correctly, you can be sure that even if you fall you have some sense of control over the direction your firearm is pointed.
Commandment 5: Be sure of your target before you pull your trigger. Never, ever fire until you are 100% sure of your target. There have been many instances of death or severe injury due to a hunter thinking he was shooting at an animal.
Commandment 6: Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to shoot. Enough said. Only draw down on your targe.
Commandment 7: Never leave your gun unattended. Children and others with little or no experience with guns can have fatal accidents.
Commandement 8: Never climb a tree or fence with a loaded gun. As a matter of fact, never climb with a gun at all. Use a rope to pull your unloaded firearm up or place your firearm on the other side of a fence before crossing.
Commandment 9: Never shoot at flat hard surfaces or water. The ricochet that could occur could be fatal.
Commandment 10: Never use a firearm while drinking. Just as driving is dangers, using a firearm can be deadly.
By following these commandments you can be confident in the fact that you are using your firearm safely. This will decrease any chances of accidents or injury.