Home Arms Safety & Practices

It is your responsibility to prevent unauthorized children and adults from gaining access to firearms or ammunition. The Hub is your source for everything firearms-related, including weapons security resources. You can get your CCW, get individual training with guns or practice your skills at our virtual or physical shooting ranges.

The type of insurance depends on your lifestyle and what you consider an acceptable balance between preparation and risk. Please refer to the Safe Storage and Transportation section at the bottom of this page for more information on safe storage practices. To help ensure safe practices at home and at the shooting range, embrace these principles of handling weapons, and they will become natural habits every time you wield a firearm. The ADTA observes and enforces these principles at all ADTA events, from demonstrations to dry practice events to live fire events.

In domestic defense and day-to-day transportation situations, it’s critical that you think about what would hit you if your bullet was overrun or missed its intended target. You are legally responsible for each round you leave your gun, regardless of the intention you had when shooting. Within range, it can be easy to lose sight of this rule, as there are verges to catch your bullets and static targets that don’t fire. Just know that in real situations, there are likely to be dynamic movements, innocent bystanders, and bad guys who will fight you.

Weapons placed in drawers, cabinets, desks, cabinets, or any other unlocked and accessible place are not safe. Always use a personal safe or a single-gun safe with a trigger lock on the firearm for an extra layer of protection.

If you have purchased or received a gun, you may also want to consider a hidden carrying permit. I encourage gun owners to carry, but only after they are intimately familiar with their gun, have shot several hundred bullets through it, and received formal training on how to use it in real situations. Regardless of the safety position, any blow or pot strong enough to activate a pistol’s firing mechanism can cause it to fire. This can happen even if the trigger is not touched, such as when a gun is dropped.

Students often bring firearms that they want to shoot at the shooting range. They usually don’t like to leave their firearm in their vehicle during class and ask to bring their unloaded firearms into the classroom. First, I visually inspect all the firearms that are brought into my classroom, outside my classroom. I inspect not only the firearm, but also any bags or shooting cases for loose bullets.

Most weapons have the type of ammunition stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified from information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Don’t fire the weapon unless you know you have the right ammo.

Do not place your index finger on the trigger when picking up or picking up someone’s gun. Later, we’ll explain that the only appropriate time to place your index finger in the trigger protector and on the trigger is when you start aiming at a real target. While keeping the gun out of the trigger protector with your fingers, you can apply the three rules for safe handling weapons that are paramount to ensuring you never fire an unintentional shot. We found no qualified studies showing that the requirements for firearm safety training reduced any of the eight outcomes we examined.

We found no qualified studies showing that the requirements for firearm safety training increased any of the eight outcomes we examined. If your service member or other loved one owns a gun, ask them about the precautions they take when using it. Some states require people to take a gun safety course at home before pistol training buying a gun. You or your loved one can find and take local gun safety courses, especially if none of you have received that kind of training. Dry fire practice allows you to practice the basics of grip, posture, and trigger control in the safety of your own home without spending ammo on a shooting range.