When it comes to owning a firearm, you can be as responsible as possible, follow all the laws and keep the gun locked up when not in use, but something can still go wrong. It's not hard for an accidental discharge to occur to even the most experienced of firearms owners. Let's take a look at some important tips for preventing accidental firearm discharge.
Your firearm should be kept either in a holster or elsewhere where it is safe at all times when not in use. Even if you are transporting the firearm to the range or to sell it, make sure it is stored safely so that nothing can cause it to accidentally discharge.
Safety and the prevention of accidental discharge require education. Educate yourself as much as possible about owning a gun. Even if you have owned guns in the past, you need to learn as much as you can about each new gun that you purchase. Along the same lines, you need to train with all of your guns so that you know how to handle them.
Make sure that you are careful with the trigger guard. A common cause of accidental discharge is when a foreign object enters the trigger guard, setting off the gun. When your gun is in a holster, try to cover the trigger guard with your hand as often as possible.
The best way to avoid accidental discharge is to handle your firearm only when you absolutely have to do so. Don't play around with the gun or take part in target practice unless at a range or with an instructor.
The accidental discharge of a firearm can have dire consequences. You or a bystander could wind up severely injured or worse. By following the tips outlined in this post, you should be able to avoid such a tragedy.