1. Safety – Hearing about the mishandling of firearms is one of those things that make responsible gun owners cringe. The thought of an accidental discharge can be one of nightmares. By following the 4 basic rules of handling a firearm safely, we can help rid the world of this fear. 1. Keep all guns pointed in the safest possible direction.

2. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on your target.

4. Be sure of your target, what’s around it, and what's beyond. 2. Knowledge – Whether it’s your first time buying a firearm or your thousandth, learn as much as possible about what you will be owning and operating. Having guns is one of the greatest things in the world and you should take every opportunity to learn as much as you can about them. The more you know about what you shoot, why it does what it does, the laws protecting your right to own it, and the forces trying to take it away, the better off you will be. 3. Political – Touched on in the last paragraph, there are a lot of laws that govern the world of firearms. There is constant debate and difference of opinion moving the gun landscape around in America. One thing is for sure, when you start owning and liking guns; a lot of people will disagree with your decision. By being well versed on why you choose to be a gun owner and a responsible one at that, you will be better equipped to speak intelligently with those who oppose or don’t understand your views. 4. Actively Dispelling Misconceptions – Again, there are a LOT of misconceptions out there about firearms. Some people think there is a huge number of fully automatic machine guns are out roaming the streets. Some think you can walk into any gun store and buy a gun without a background check. Some extremists think that all gun owners don’t care about mass shootings and just want to keep their guns regardless the cost. Fortunately for us, we know that wanting to preserve your right to own a gun, whether for protection, recreational shooting, hunting, or otherwise, does not mean you don’t care about the victims of shootings. It’s like saying because you drive to work and own a car; you don’t care about the roughly 38,300 deaths that happened in 2015 from car accidents (Newsweek). Now that you are a part of this firearms conversation you have the chance to show and help others see why it’s you choose to have guns.

5. Love it – Guns are fun. That’s the bottom line. Yes, there is a huge responsibility and great necessity to learn how to manipulate your gun to defend yourself, but your guns are also some of the coolest examples of science ever by teaching lessons on combustion, chain reactions and physics. Also, you can be part of loving and inspirational communities that are all joined together by the love of sport and patriotism. So if I were to give you any advice, I would say jump in. Embrace the supportive side of this culture and have a good time. Try little bit of everything and be that person to include others in this great group we belong to. Check out our website at