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How to handle firearms safely

Hunting seasons come and go but gun safety should always be on our minds. With that said, Budweiser and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), two longtime partners in wildlife conservation and responsible outdoor recreation, prepared this list of three fundamental rules for safe gun handling:

1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
This is the most basic rule of firearm safety. Never allow a gun to point
toward people or anything you do not intend to shoot. Whether you are
loading or unloading, carrying or cleaning, inspecting a scope or dry
firing, no injuries or damage can occur if the gun is pointed in a safe
direction. The safe direction may be up, down or to one side--and may change
frequently--depending on the situation. Remain vigilant at all times.

2. Keep your finger off the trigger
Always treat guns as if they're loaded and never touch the trigger until
you're ready to fire. Do not rely on a gun's safety to prevent it from
firing and do not handle a gun carelessly simply because the safety is on. A
safety is a mechanical device that could malfunction, so consider it merely
a supplement to safe gun handling. Until you're ready to shoot, rest your
finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun.

3. Unload your firearm when not in use
Firearms should only be loaded when you are ready to shoot, whether you're
in the field or at the shooting range. Once it's loaded, don't lean a gun
against anything, as it could fall with enough force to discharge. Also
never cross a fence, climb a tree, get into a blind or perform any
physically awkward action with a loaded gun. Unload your gun as soon as you
are finished shooting. Keep your gun's action open when not in use.

Along with these fundamentals, safe hunters have many other considerations.
Make sure of your target and what is beyond.

Know basic operation and safe handling characteristics of a firearm before you pick it up, or get help from someone who does.

Ensure all guns around you are unloaded and safe.

Properly maintain and clean firearms.

Use correct ammunition.

Wear appropriate eye and ear protection.

Store guns securely.

Always use common sense.

Hunters should never drink alcohol or use over-the-counter, prescription or
other drugs before or during the hunt.

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