Guns don’t kill people. People kill people–and that’s really hard to do when you don’t have a gun.

For many, firearms are a way of life, protection, and a symbol of freedom. Guns have only been safer and more regulated over time, but experts continue to debate the nuances of gun ownership, control, coercion, and other concepts.

The truth is gun control is a complex issue, and there is no clear flow chart of laws and regulations in your state. For those considering firearms and gun ownership, we designed this guide.

Read on for tips for a responsible gun owner.

1. Secure Your Guns in a Gun Safe

A gun safe is the most secure way to store firearms and ammunition. This means all firearms and ammunition should be locked, unloaded and stored but accessible for quick use if necessary.

The gun safe should also be securely and permanently fastened to a wall or floor and out of reach of children or anyone who may use it inappropriately.

2. Keep Your Firearm Clean

As a responsible gun owner, it is important to always ensure the safety and proper functioning of your firearm. An important step in this is to keep your gun clean.

After each use, it is beneficial to check for any signs of deterioration in the gun itself, such as worn parts, and to clean and lubricate everything accordingly.

Cleaning your firearm removes any residue or dirt that may obstruct performance and prevents it from corroding or rusting any further.

3. Always Assume a Gun is Loaded

One of the key tips is to always assume a gun is loaded, even if it isn’t. This means always checking the gun chamber for bullets to ensure it is safe for handling.

Treating every gun as if it’s loaded will help ensure that it doesn’t unexpectedly cause an accident. Additionally, never point an unloaded gun at someone, as the consequences can be devastating if it is accidentally fired.

4. Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger

If you are owning a gun, one of the most important things to remember is to always keep your finger off the trigger. This means that you should never touch the trigger unless you absolutely need to and are prepared to fire your weapon.

When not in use, the trigger should be covered to prevent accidental firing.

5. Keep Learning And Adapting

Keep learning and adapting to changing circumstances. Continuing your education and staying informed of regulations, laws and safety measures is key.

Get familiar with the state and local laws governing gun ownership. Become a student of gun safety and handling. Attend classes, seminars and demonstrations to develop and refine your skills, just like how to disassemble and reassemble AR-15 magazines.

Stay up to date on the latest industry developments and trends. Regularly practice and use the safe gun handling techniques you have learned.

Be a Responsible Gun Owner

Responsible gun ownership is both a right and a responsibility. Following these tips will help ensure you are properly maintaining and using your firearm safely and correctly as a gun owner.

If you want more in-depth information, visit your local shooting range or gun safety class for more information.

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