Headlines dotting the news include negligent or accidental weapon discharges, which are always so unfortunate and sad. However, often times these can be prevented by simply exercising caution and taking precautionary measures. How can someone take precautionary measures when owning a handgun?

  • Holsters – While weapons need to be quickly accessible, having a holster is a necessary defense tool. A holster should keep a weapon securely and firmly attached to the body and should prevent a weapon from coming loose or interfering with daily activities. However, the more secure a weapon, the more difficult it can be access. A proper holster should provide fast access, while keeping a weapon safely secure. This type of holster will prevent any unnecessary accidents from happening, especially during a fall, embrace or collision. Instead of simply grabbing the first inexpensive holster on the market, it’s important that safety criteria be met. When shopping for a gun belt clip, consider Techna Clip, as they offer a variety of safe and convenient P238 belt clips, Ruger IC9 clips and Sig P238 belt clips.
  • Secure – Weapons should always be safely secured within the home. While many people feel safe and secure in their homes, they often return home to simply put their weapon on the counter or table. Even if people live alone, they should take precautionary efforts to put the weapon away, including locking it up in a gun safe or placing it in a cabinet. It’s important to always know where a weapon is and if it becomes a ritual of putting it away upon returning home, a gun owner will always know the location of his/her weapon. This is especially good during nighttime hours, especially in the event of a home invasion. However, if people have children, locking up the weapon is a must, helping limit access for children and helping keep children safe from unnecessary misfires and accidents.
  • Complacence – Complacence accompanies the most significant dangers when using a handgun. When someone becomes complacent with his/her weapon, it dramatically increases the potential for an accident. By simply exercising necessary safety precautions and paying close attention to weapon safety, gun owners can help prevent accidents.
  • Gun Safety – Taking a gun safety class is especially important if someone is concealed carrying. Familiarly and fluidity is vital when handling a potentially deadly weapon. Gun owners should feel comfortable handling and shooting their weapons. Even for experienced gun owners, it’s important to stay up-to-date with target practice, making sure one’s nerves aren’t frayed with rust, if the need ever arises to use a weapon in self defense or to save someone’s life.

In order to prevent accidents with children, it’s important they are familiar with weapons and parents go to great lengths to keep weapons under lock and key. Even if a child is familiar with shooting a weapon, it’s important these weapons not end up in the hands of children’s friends or home invaders. By simply implementing basic gun safety procedures, gun accidents can dramatically be reduced.