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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.



 When using or storing a gun, always follow these NRA Rules:


  • Be sure the gun is safe to operate.


  • Know how to safely use the gun.


  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.


  • Know your target and what is beyond.


  • Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.


  • Never use alcohol or 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.


To learn more about gun safety, enroll in a NRA safety training or basic marksmanship course, NRA hunter clinic or state hunter education class.