Gun Safety: Firearm Safety Tips

Anyone who is going to own a firearm should respect it and secure it when not in use to help prevent firearm accidents and misuse.

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Nearly all firearm accidents in the home can be prevented when gun owners take simple precautions, and proper storage is the number one way to help prevent accidents.

  • Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot.
  • Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
  • Be sure to read the manual on your firearm so you know how it operates.
  • Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use.
  • Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from your firearms.
  • Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Inform them that if they find an unattended firearm in their home or a neighbor’s to not touch it, and tell an adult immediately.
  • Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.
  • When handling a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Don’t touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire.
  • DO NOT point the firearm at anything you are not intending to shoot.

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The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer. 


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