BA­SIC RULES FOR SAFE FIREARM HAN­DLING

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

1. Treat ev­ery firearm as loaded Check ev­ery firearm yourself and pass or ac­cept only an open or un­loaded firearm. 2. Al­ways point firearms in a safe di­rec­tion Loaded or un­loaded, al­ways point the muz­zle in a safe di­rec­tion. 3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire Load the mag­a­zine only af­ter you reach your shoot­ing area. Load the cham­ber only when ready to shoot. Com­pletely un­load be­fore leav­ing the shoot­ing area. 4. Iden­tify your tar­get be­yond all doubt Move­ment, colour, sound and shape can all de­ceive you. As­sume colour, shape, sound, and shape to be hu­man un­til proven other­wise. 5. Check your fir­ing zone Think! What may hap­pen if you miss your tar­get? What might you hit be­tween you and the tar­get or be­yond? Do not fire when you know oth­ers are in your fir­ing zone. 6. Store firearms and am­mu­ni­tion safely When not in use, lock away the bolt, firearm and am­mu­ni­tion separately. And never leave firearms in an unat­tended ve­hi­cle. 7. Avoid al­co­hol and drugs when han­dling firearms Good judge­ment is the key to safe use.

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