A Look at those that Forgot the Firearms Safety Rules

Purchasing a gun comes with great responsibility. Some folks are better than others about practicing the four simple rules of firearm safety. Don’t let their mistakes become your downfall.

Four Safety Rules
1) All Guns are always loaded
2)Never let the muzzle cover anything which you are not willing to destroy
3)Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target
4)Always be sure of your target

1) All guns are always loaded.
This seems easy to remember, right? Well, even the most seasoned gun owners forget this one. A gun owner out of Fresno ignored this rule and now serves as a tragic example. Read here.

2) Never let the muzzle cover anything which you are not willing to destroy.
The same story listed above can be used as an example, but this year’s what-were-you-thinking moment comes out of Oklahoma. In this story, an ex-volunteer cop shoots a man when examining a pistol. Read and watch here.

3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
In 2011, Tex Grebner provided video gold to those wondering what rule number three looks like and why it’s important. Even during the draw, keep that finger off the trigger. Watch here. Luckily, Tex made a full recovery.

4) Always be sure of your target.
Growing up a hunter and shooter, this rule was driven home by countless stories of hunters accidentally shooting their hunting buddy or dog. If you aren’t sure about your target – let it go. I love a good coyote hunt, but I don’t think this is how they are supposed to go. Read here.  

These rules are critical to remember and practice. Complacency often gets the best of us, and that’s when accidents occur. Nobody explains the rules like Clint Smith. [WARNING] Here’s a video with conviction behind it: Firearms Safety Rules.

~KJ

Kevin Jarnagin (KJ) hails from Oklahoma, but quickly established Louisiana roots after joining the Gun Talk team. KJ grew up as a big game hunter, and knows his way around a bass boat. Whether it’s making his way to British Columbia for elk or training with pistols, Jarnagin always seems to find a gun in his hands and adventure on his mind.