Colorado Springs

Fort Collins

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson

Since 2006, I've instructed classes for shooters of all levels on proper gun handling, safety, storage, and marksmanship techniques.

What Are The NRA Gun Safety Rules?

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As one of the best handgun training centers on the Front Range of Colorado, Colorado Handgun Safety is committed to helping you become a responsible gun owner. From understanding the different components that make up a gun to learning how to shoot in high-stress situations, becoming a more knowledgeable gun owner will help you handle your firearm as safely as possible. Part of becoming a more knowledgeable gun owner includes understanding the NRA gun safety rules. These rules were created to help keep yourself and others safe. Whether you’re carrying a concealed handgun, or you want to be prepared to use your handgun in self-defense, following these gun safety rules will help keep everyone as safe as possible.

Three NRA Rules For Safe Gun Handling

The National Rifle Association, or NRA, has created a list of three rules to help ensure your safety when handling a gun. By diligently following these rules, you greatly reduce the risk of any accidents taking place. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never held a gun before, or if you have carried a concealed handgun for years, it’s crucial to follow these rules whenever handling a firearm. The three NRA rules for safe gun handling are:

  1. Point the gun in a safe direction.
    • One of the most important rules of handling any gun safely is to always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction. Depending on the situation, the safest direction will change, so use your common sense to determine what the safest direction is. One thing to always remember, regardless of the situation, is to never point a muzzle at yourself or toward someone else. 
  2. Do not touch the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
    • When holding a gun, you’ll notice your finger naturally wants to rest on the trigger, but it’s important to avoid this. Until you’re ready to fire your handgun, rest your finger outside of the trigger guard. The more you’re aware and practice where to rest your finger, the more quickly it’ll become a habit to rest it outside of the frame until you’re ready to fire.
  3. Keep the gun unloaded until you’re ready to shoot.
    • When holding a gun, keep the action open and unloaded until you’re prepared to shoot. If you’re using a gun that has a magazine, make sure to remove the magazine and check that it’s empty. If you’re not sure how to open an action or inspect a gun’s chamber, ask for help instead of attempting to do so by yourself.

Become A Responsible Gun Owner With Colorado Handgun Safety

At Colorado Handgun Safety, our team of gun professionals is here to teach you everything you need to know about handling your firearms in a safe manner. We’re passionate about helping individuals become responsible, knowledgeable gun owners. By committing the above rules to memory and always practicing these rules when holding a gun, you’ll greatly reduce your risk of accidentally firing your firearm. To learn more about safe gun handling practices, please visit our website today!

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