Gun Safety Rules

Following a few simple rules could prevent most gun safety accidents. I have taught students these rules using the acronym of “TAB” for several decades. These rules are as follows:
• T – Treat every gun as if it were loaded
• A – Always point your gun in a safe direction
• B – Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

Follows is a discussion of these rules:

Treat Every Gun as if It Were Loaded

The basic idea that we want you to learn with this rule is to always remember to automatically assume that every gun is immediately capable of injuring someone. Let me give an example of how I follow this principle. When I have completed my hunt in the field and walk to my truck, I will unload my rifle prior to entering the truck. When I arrive home and remove my rifle from the truck, I immediately check it to see if it is loaded. After I walk inside and prepare to lock it up in my gun safe, I check it again to see if it is loaded. Finally, when I later remove my rifle from the gun safe, I check it again to see that it is loaded.

Always Point Your Gun in a Safe Direction

A firearm pointed in a safe direction will be unable to hurt anyone. My mother, when she was less than 10 years of age, picked up a shotgun, playfully told my grandmother she was going to shoot her, and shot a hole in the roof over grandmother’s head. Thank goodness she actually had the gun pointed in a safe direction!

Be Sure of Your Target and What is Beyond It

Everyone who handles firearms today should be aware that modern ammunition can actually travel miles. For example, .22 long rifle ammunition is rated at 2 and one-half miles. Large caliber, centerfire rifle ammunition can travel up to five miles. Considering this information, it is extremely necessary for all shooters to be aware they could kill someone and not even see the victim. Shooters should always have a solid backdrop that can absorb a lot of punishment so it can protect people.