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Gun Safety Rules Part 3: Gun Safety Belongs To Everyone

A state legislator states that 40 percent of gun sales are unregulated.

A state legislator states that 40 percent of gun sales are unregulated.

Welcome to Gun Safety Rules Part 3. We are completing the series of 3 articles regarding gun safety. If you have any questions I invite you to email me directly, and I’d be happy to answer to any of your questions

I remind you that gun safety is a matter that belongs to everybody, gun owners and those who do not own guns. Even if you do not own a gun, just knowing these safety rules may allow you to be the person who can save an innocent or warn and educate somebody else.

4) Never use drugs or alcohol before or during shooting a firearm

That includes even legal, medically prescribed drugs that may have side effects that make you sleepy or dizzy. When you hold a firearm, you must be in complete control of your body and mind. No excuses. No alcohol means nothing before range time.

5) Use the right ammunition for your handgun

Believe it or not, too many new gun owners buy their first gun, but then at the range they realize that they have the wrong caliber of ammunition for it.

Be sure you are always using the right caliber for your firearm. For example, a .380ACP cartridge can fit in a 9mm handgun and so a 9mm cartridge can fit in a Glock 40 caliber handgun ... with dangerous consequences. The best case scenario is that your gun will not cycle.

To verify the caliber of your gun, check the firearm manual, check the frame or barrel of the firearm, and then be sure you are using the right caliber of ammunition by checking the box of the ammo you want to use and the bottom of the casing. These elements must all specify the same type of caliber.

Do not forget to check if your gun can handle +P ammunition. This type of ammunition used to be for law enforcement and has a more powerful load, which your handgun may not handle. You must be sure that on your gun or in the instruction manual it is specified that +P ammunition can be used. If you use a +P ammunition in a handgun that cannot handle it, then you may damage the firearm and also face dangerous consequences.

6) Are you unsure? Ask a gunsmith

There is no shame in asking when you do not know, especially when it comes to firearms. We cannot afford dangerous “mistakes” created by arrogance. If you are not sure how a firearm operates or its condition, especially if you bought it used, before shooting it, then ask a professional gunsmith or a certified firearms instructor.

7) Always protect the trigger

Last, but not least. Always be sure that your gun is holstered, pointing the barrel in a safe direction, and that the trigger is protected while carrying it on you or off the body. Never carry your gun in your pocket or in the waist of your pants without a sleeve or holster that protects the trigger.

To conclude Part 3, remember with freedom comes responsibility. We are liable civilly and criminally for every bullet coming out of the barrel of our guns. There are no accidental discharges, but only negligent discharges.

I invite you to any of my free gun safety classes that I teach around Mohave County. For more information, go to

The next article will be about how to avoid a violent confrontation. Remember, the best gun fight is the one you can avoid.

Until then, be responsible, be safe, be armed, but remember, you are a weapon, and the gun is just an extension of your brain.

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