Safety Tips

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General Safety Tips

 

  • Keep your gun locked up
  • In a cabinet, preferably hidden within a larger storage area. This prevents curious children, houseguests or even burglars from accidentally mishandling your gun.
  • Never put a loaded firearm or shotgun away in your cabinet.
  • Never trust a safety catch. Treat it only as a second line of defence because it could be faulty. No-one was ever shot by an open, empty gun.
  • Never allow unsupervised or unsuitable persons, especially children, access to your firearm or shotgun.
  • Never leave a firearm or shotgun, even unloaded, unattended.
  • Always keep your firearm or shotgun in its case or cover whilst transporting it.
  • Never transport a loaded firearm or shotgun.

 

Always

  • Carry your firearm or shotgun in such a manner that it never points at anybody.
  • Have the safety catch on until you are ready to fire at your target.
  • Unload your firearm or shotgun before passing it to someone else.
  • Pass your unloaded firearm or shotgun stock first.
  • Unload your firearm or shotgun before traversing difficult terrain or obstacles.
  • Carry your firearm or shotgun "broken" and empty when travelling in close company.
  • Point the barrels in a safe direction when reloading.
  • Carry a hammer gun uncocked until ready to fire.
  • Point the barrels straight up while cocking the hammers.
  • Open a hammer gun, pointing the barrels toward the ground, and remove the cartridges before uncocking it.
  • Lift the stock to the barrels when closing your firearm or shotgun.

 

Never

  • Lift the barrels to the stock when closing your shotgun.
  • Uncock hammers onto loaded chambers.
  • Load a firearm or shotgun until you are ready to fire it.
  • Fire your firearm or shotgun until you have positively identified your quarry.
  • Fire your firearm or shotgun until you are absolutely positive it is safe to do so.
  • Put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire.
  • Put a loaded firearm or shotgun down or leave it unattended.
  • Lean a loaded firearm or shotgun against or on anything, including any vehicle.
  • Attempt to fire unless you are in a comfortable and well-balanced position.
  • Fire a firearm or shotgun whilst having a dog on lead under your control.
  • Attempt to climb over an obstacle or traverse a stream with a loaded firearm or shotgun.
  • Use a firearm or shotgun that is in an unsafe condition, poor repair or out of proof.
  • Use the wrong type/calibre of ammunition in respect to your firearm or shotgun and quarry.
  • Use a firearm or shotgun whilst under the influence of alcohol.

 

Contact

Firearms Licensing Officer
Devon & Cornwall Police, Firearms & Explosives Licensing Department
Police Headquarters
Middlemoor, Exeter
Devon
EX2 7HQ

Tel: 01392 225650

Non Emergency Directory (NED)

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