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An Outline for Correct Gun Use

In 2009, there were over 5 million more guns than people in the United States. With this staggering number, it is not alarming to know that there was over 30,000 firearm related deaths in the same year. It is clearly important that people start learning more about gun safety, so that any of these numbers that are accident related can be omitted in the years to come. Listed below are some tips to help with gun safety in Utah.

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Always Assume the Gun is Loaded

Always Assume the Gun is Loaded

Even if you think your gun is unloaded, check it again. Always believe that it is loaded and ready to be fired and therefore is a danger. If you are always observant and careful, the chance for an accident will be severely reduced.

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Watch the Direction of the Muzzle at all Times

Watch the Direction of the Muzzle at all Times

Carefully monitor the direction you point your weapon at all times. Don’t get distracted or lazy when holding a firearm. If possible, keep the muzzle aimed at the ground as often as possible. At least this way if something were to go wrong, you would only be shooting the ground and not someone or something.

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Do Not Put Your Finger on the Trigger Until you're Ready to Shoot

Do Not Put Your Finger on the Trigger Until you're Ready to Shoot

There is no need to have your finger on the trigger until you are actually intending to fire it. Resulting in failing to keep your finger off the trigger is the number one reason for a misfire. Avoid doing this at all times.

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Watch Where You Shoot and Check Surrounding Areas for Danger

Watch Where You Shoot and Check Surrounding Areas for Danger

Always look beyond your target and check for any dangers behind it. Also check the peripheral areas for any potential dangers or threats to safely firing your weapon.

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Unload Your Gun When You are Finished Using It

Unload Your Gun When You are Finished Using It

When you are finished with your firearm, always ensure that you check and then double check that you have unloaded it properly. If you leave it loaded, anyone at any time could pick it up by accident and fire it unexpectedly.

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Store Your Gun After Use

Store Your Gun After Use

It is also important that you store your gun safely after using it. Keeping it out of the way of children is especially important. A gun safe is the perfect way to do this. Utah gun laws should always be followed and respected. Remember, firearms are not toys and should be taken care of properly. Follow these simple guidelines to ensure that your gun is kept safely in your possession.

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