Gun saftey training a young boy

Why is gun safety training important for everyone to learn?

Gun safety rules are important for everybody to learn because the misuse of a gun can be deadly for you and others around you.

All guns should be treated with respect and caution.

Responsible gun owners know the importance of gun safety because they don’t want themselves, or anyone else, to be involved in an avoidable accident.

Every time you use a gun you are putting lives at risk if you have not learned how to safely handle a firearm.

Gun Safety Rules

If the common rules of gun safety are followed, none of the tragic accidents involving guns would happen.

That means all accidental gun deaths would be avoided if firearms safety rules were taught and followed.

At the most basic level, here’s one simple rule to remember:

Don’t be stupid with guns!

For more useful details let’s look at some popular sets of gun safety rules from professional organizations related to firearms.



The National Rifle Association (NRA), has outlined the basics of gun safety.
The three fundamental NRA rules for gun safety are:
  1. ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction
  2. ALWAYS Keep Your Finger Off The Trigger Until Ready To Shoot
  3. ALWAYS Keep The Gun Unloaded Until Ready To Use

When using or storing a gun, always follow these additional nine NRA rules:

  1. Know your target and what is beyond.
  2. Know how to use the gun safely.
  3. Be sure the gun is safe to operate.
  4. Use only the correct ammunition for your gun.
  5. Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate.
  6. Never use alcohol, over-the-counter drugs or prescription drugs before or while shooting.
  7. Store guns so they are not accessible to unauthorized persons.
  8. Be Aware of Additional Safety Precautions that may apply to specific guns or shooting situations
  9. Clean your gun to keep it operating properly. Make sure its unloaded while cleaning.


Next, let’s look at four common gun safety rules.

Gun Manufacturers Safety Rules

Gun manufacturers are keenly aware of the power of guns.

That’s why most have their own rules for gun safety.

Glock is one of the most popular gun manufacturers in the world.

They include 12 gun safety rules with every gun purchase.

When I bought my Glock G45 Gen 5 pistol, it came with a booklet on firearm safety that also included these rules.

Here is a small part of that handbook:

The Basic Rules of Firearm Safety by Glock Inc.

Basic Firearm Safety Rules

From the time the first colonists landed on American shores, firearms played an essential role in our survival, both as a nation and as individuals.

Today over 70 million Americans own and use firearms, and the Federal Government estimates that firearms are kept in over half the households in this country.

With this freedom must come responsibility.

As a firearms owner and user, you must take responsibility for the safe handling and safe storage of your guns.

You are taking the first step by reading this handbook, but you can go further by enrolling in any one of the numerous shooting safety courses available throughout the country.

Firearms safety is up to you!

  1. Handle all firearms as if they were loaded.
  2. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction. 2b. Remember: You should never point a gun (weather loaded or unloaded) at another person or at yourself.
  3. Keep your finger out of the gun’s trigger guard and off the trigger until you have aligned the gun’s sights on a safe target and you have made the decision to fire.
  4. Always be certain that your target and the surrounding area are safe before firing.
  5. Whenever you handle a firearm, the first thing you should do (while keeping it pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard) is to open the action to determine wether or not the firearm is loaded.
  6. Thoroughly read the instruction manual supplied with your firearm.
  7. Before firing your weapon, you should routinely make sure that your firearm is in good working order and that the barrel is clear of dirt and obstructions.
  8. Only use ammunition recommended by the firearm manufacturer, and always be certain that the ammunition matches the caliber of your gun.
  9. Quality ear and eye protection should always be worn when shooting or observing.
  10. Never use firearms while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  11. All firearms should be stored unloaded and secured in a safe storage case, inaccessible to children and untrained adults.
  12. The transportation of firearms is regulated by Federal, State, and local laws. Always transport your firearm in a safe, unloaded condition and in accordance with applicable laws.

The Glock Gun Safety Rules handbook includes a lot more detail for each point.

Here is a link to Glock’s official gun safety rules.

These safety rules are extremely valuable and will prevent injury and death when they are followed closely.