Firearm safety is important and a part of responsible gun ownership.  

The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:

  • Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
  • Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

Be sure to follow these additional NRA rules:

  • Know your target and what is beyond
  • Know how to use the gun safely
  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate
  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun
  • Where eye and ear protection as appropriate
  • Never use alcohol, over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs before or while shooting
  • Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons
  • Be aware that certain types of guns and many shooting activities require additional safety precautions

When it comes to gun cleaning, Otis recommends the following precautions, as recommended by the NRA:

  • Clean your firearm every time it is used
  • A gun brought out of prolonged storage should be cleaned before shooting.  Moisture and dirt, or solidified grease/oils can prevent the gun from operating properly.
  • Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure it is unloaded.  Keep the action open during the cleaning process.  Be sure no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.