Keeping Your Home and Family Safe
By Dana Grim
With owning firearms, comes great responsibility. When it comes down to it, firearm safety is the most important thing in the firearms world. Safety is paramount, practicing safety with firearms should be done often enough, that it becomes second nature. There are four important firearm rules that must be followed at all times, whether you are at home, at the range, in a gun shop, or anywhere a firearm is present.
The four rules are:
1). Always Keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.
2). Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3). Always keep the firearm unloaded until ready to use
4). Know your target and what is beyond it.
These are 4 rules are essential to follow at all times, however responsible gun handlers can take further steps to ensure their safety and those around them . For example, whenever someone hands you a firearm, the best thing to do is both physically and visually inspect that the firearm is clear, and safe, now look away and then check again. The mind can play tricks on us so taking the step of looking away and rechecking helps prevent the minds tendency to see things as they should be rather than what they actually are. Therefore the best thing to do is check, look away to reset your mind and eyes, and check again. Never take somebody’s word that a firearm is unloaded and safe. Always check for yourself that the firearm is in fact unloaded. Pretend there is a continuous laser beam coming out of the firearm at all times, this will help you keep it pointed in a safe direction, the number 1 rule when it comes to firearm safety. Never point a firearm at something you are not willing to destroy. Many accidents involving firearms can be avoided by following those four rules. None of this is intended to scare anyone away from firearms. Shooting a firearm in a safe way, can be a fun, adrenaline fueled, team building experience. The gun world is an amazing place when you get into it. The most important thing is to remember if you own it, to respect it and follow those safety rules.
With firearm safety comes the responsibility of safe firearm storage. According to MA general law, Chapter 140 section 131L, the firearm must be kept in a secured locked container or with a tamper resistant safety device. There are several types of safes, lockable containers, and trigger locks on the market today. Using these devices properly gives you piece of mind knowing that your firearm is secured. An important thing to remember is you want to keep your firearm in a safe and secure spot at all times, so that someone who is unauthorized to use it cannot gain access to it. However be sure to keep you gun in a safe place, obeying the 4 cardinal safety rules, that is easily accessible to you, the responsible gun owner, should an emergency situation arise. Be sure to stop by the Goose Hummock for any questions regarding firearm safety laws, or to shop for accessories or firearms!