By Chris Wagoner:
OK, you have decided to take that big step and buy a self-defense firearm for home or carry. Or maybe you got one for Christmas. Regardless of whether you already have one or are thinking of getting one, you need to be a responsible firearm owner. What does that entail? Well, take it from someone who has owned and used firearms for more than 40 years as part of my daily life, both as a police officer and firearms instructor. GET TRAINED!
The very first things you should learn if you are thinking of buying or already own a firearm are the four cardinal rules of gun safety. These rules apply anywhere in the world and are recognized as being the basis for all gun safety and training. Memorize them, follow them, and make others who are near you follow them too. They are simple and easy to remember and understand:
- Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, regardless of whether they are or not!
- Never point a firearm at anything unless you are willing to kill or destroy it!
- Always identify your target and what is beyond it!
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to shoot!