Gun Safety Rules

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 Shoot.

When Using A Gun, Always Follow These Rules:

  • Know Your Target and What is Beyond: Make Sure the Down-Range is Unoccupied.
  • Be Sure the Gun is Safe to Operate.
  • Be Thoroughly Familiar With How the Gun Operates.
  • Use Only the Correct Ammunition For Your Gun.
  • Wear Appropriate Ear & Eye Protection.
  • Never Use Alcohol or Drugs Before or While Shooting.
  • Unattended Guns Should Not be Accessible To Unauthorized Persons.


Be Aware That Certain Types of Guns and Many Shooting Activities Require Additional Safety Procedures.


Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Taking proper care of it will also maintain its value and extend its life. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used.

A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly.

Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area