2 primary causes of firearms accidents

  • Ignorance: You don’t know how to safely handle a firearm.

  • Carelessness: You do not follow the firearm safety rules do to neglect on your part.

3 Golden rules of gun safety

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to make a shot

  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use


  • A safe direction is any direction where it will not cause undue destruction if you have a negligent discharge. Keep in mind that most walls are not even bullet resistant. What is on the other side of the wall, floor, or ceiling you have your gun pointed at?

  • Ready to make a shot means just that. If you need/want to make a shot then you can have your finger on the trigger. All other times the trigger finger needs to be out side the trigger guard, straight along the frame.

  • Ready to use. If you are in the field hunting, on the range shooting/competing, OR keeping a gun for self-defense the gun can be loaded (Yes, for me this means fully loaded, mag full and¬†chambered) YRMV. All other guns need to be unloaded.