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Owning a gun comes with obvious responsibility. Kind of like having a new baby, there are things you need to prepare for and plan ahead before bringing home your new firepower bundle of safety and joy.
1. Laws. Before owning a gun educate yourself on the laws in your state. A great resource to check out is handgunlaw.us for an easy to read extensive PDF list of your state's laws pertaining to firearms. Just click on your state and the PDF will automatically download of your state's handgun laws. Something as small as an unpaid parking ticket can be between you and exercising your 2nd amendment rights.
2. Safety. Always when handling a firearm exercise the rules of firearms safety, discipline yourself to never ever ignore one of the rules of safety. If you don't know, the rules are 1. Treat all guns as if they are loaded. 2. Never point the gun in the direction of anything you are not willing to destroy. 3. Keep your finger OFF THE TRIGGER until you are on target and ready to shoot. 4. Know your target and what is in front of your target and what is behind your target.
3. Training. Even if you're not new to guns, owning a new gun means you need to do some training with it. Trigger weights will be different, the sights will be different, the weight of the gun will be different, maybe even the caliber is different. Training can be simple, it does not always mean you need to hire a firearms instructor or take a formal class. Doing some simple drills at home and at the range. At home, dry fire training is an excellent way to improve your familiarity with your firearm and improve on common mistakes like anticipation or trigger pressure issues. A great training tool is our Dry Fire Pillows, they are tactical and practical home decor. Decorate and train in one. Check out my YouTube channel for helpful videos on dry fire training.
4. Safe Carrying. Is the trigger protected, do you keep the safety on, do you load one in the chamber, do you carry on body, do you carry in a purse or bag? This is a topic for a whole blog post on it's own. Quickly, I'll say be aware of the actual safety of your firearm while carrying. If you carry off body in a purse then be aware of who could access your purse. When I used to purse carry I rarely ever took my purse off in public so I could be in control and sure my kids were not getting into my purse. For me now, carrying on body in the appendix position in my kydex holster is what gives me the most peace of mind safety wise. Check out my other blog post on concealed carrying.
5. Safe Storage. Weather you have children or not your firearms need to be stored safely. In a gun safe is the most common way to safely store your firearms. My favorite way to safely store my firearm is in a nightstand safe that flips open when I punch in the code. I want ease of access if needed and inaccessibility to my children if they come in my room in the middle of the night.
Always carry safely, follow the rules of firearms safety, and always learn more while training as much as you can. Let's talk in the comments.
Much love and ammo,
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