Whether someone carries a handgun or is an avid hunter, there are basic universal firearm safety rules that must be cautiously exercised. These include:

Never point the muzzle or barrel directly at someone or anything that you are not prepared to shoot.

Fingers should remain off the trigger until the gun handler is ready to fire the weapon.

Weapons should be unloaded with the action open until a handler is prepared to fire the weapon.

All weapons should be treated as if they are presumed to be loaded, as this dramatically reduces unfortunate accidents.

The gun’s cylinder or action should be open and the weapon unloaded before passing it to another person.

Gun safety rules should be followed and actively practiced before handling a weapon; the handler should understand the weapon’s operation.

A gun’s mechanical safety device should never be solely relied upon.

Always think twice before shooting as fatal mistakes cannot be undone!

Wrestling and playing around are never a good combination when handling a weapon.

Alcohol and drugs should never be used when handling a weapon. Additionally, if someone is cold, drowsy or feels impaired, never handle a gun.

If someone suffers from sleepwalking, restless sleep or vivid nightmares, it is best not to keep a loaded gun in the nightstand.

It is extremely important to wear both ear and eye protection when shooting a weapon. This helps limit risk of flying objects or inhaling inorganic gun cleaning products.

Always say something if you witness misuse of a weapon!

Before shooting a weapon, consider taking a gun safety course.

Always confirm what is behind a target before shooting. Is there a house in the distance? If firing in the air, are you in a flight pattern?

Never shoot at water or a hard surface, as ricochets can cause severe, if not fatal injuries.

Never shoot across a roadway. Not only is it hazardous, it can kill someone.

A weapon should be in good mechanical condition before being fired. Always check a weapon for cracks, uneven wear or erosion. If the weapon does not appear to be in tip-top shape, take it to a gunsmith.

If a weapon has an obstructed or partially obstructed barrel, never fire the weapon.

If a firearm has been modified, ensure and verify that these modifications do not impede or interfere with the weapon’s safety features.

All holsters and gun belt clips should be compatible with the weapon.

A firearm should always be secured and never placed within arms’ reach of children. Techna Clip’s form-fitting body hugging gun belt clip is an excellent way to keep a weapon at your side.

Never carry a weapon with a round in the chamber unless the weapon has a feature such as an inertial firing pin or an automatic firing-pin block.

Avoid carrying a cocked weapon and when de-cocking a weapon, use extreme caution.

Always drop the weapon’s magazine instead of unloading the weapon round by round.

Do not use a firearm’s scope as a general purpose spotting scope. This often leads to unforeseen accidental hunting injuries.

Always confirm that the ammunition and gun are compatible. Never use ammunition that is not recommended by the gun’s manufacturer, especially those that exceed stand pressure specifications.

A holster should allow the handler to be able to securely grip his/her weapon.

Always store a gun safely, which helps reduce theft and accidental misuse by children.

By following these necessary gun safety rules, you will ensure a safe environment for you and those around you.