NRA Gun Safety Rules
SAFETY is our primary goal
Conscientious attention to these rules will
prevent most, if not all, gun accidents. Be aware that ignorance and carelessness lead to accidents in all walks of
life, including the handling of firearms.
Rule #1 -
Always keep the gun pointed in a safe
If the gun should discharge, it should not harm
any person or destroy any valuable property. Careful attention to muzzle direction is key to safely handling a
When carrying a firearm from place to place, the
best way to control the muzzle is to keep it in your view.
Be aware of what objects can stop a bullet, and
what ones cannot.
In NRA courses, and on shooting ranges, the
instructor or range officer will explain and point out the safe directions available.
Rule # 2
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to
Under normal conditions guns do not discharge
unless the trigger is pulled.
When holding or manipulating a gun, hold the
grip firmly and place the trigger finger along the frame or receiver, not inside the trigger
Rule # 3
- Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to
Guns cannot be discharged unless they are loaded
with live ammunition. There are many uses of guns which permit them to be loaded, but such firearms must always be
under your control.
Guns not in use, but not stored, should have the
action locked open so that anyone may inspect the chamber and magazine for live ammunition.
When handing a gun to another person, lock open
the action (if possible) and check the chamber and magazine by sight and feel to ensure that there is no live
ammunition present. The person receiving the gun must also check the same.