Monthly Archives: March 2013

Follow Firearm Safety Rules; Everytime


With the current surge in the sales of firearms many people are becoming first time gun owners. Understanding the need to safely use and handle your firearms is of utmost importance and will contribute to a safe and enjoyable shooting experience. And, in doing your part in being a safe and responsible gun owner, it can only help to preserve and protect the rights of all gun owners.

Remember, shooting is a skill that can diminish, so practice and familiarity with your gun and it’s operating system is key to safe handling. Safely loading, unloading, holstering and unholstering or otherwise securing your gun are often the things that are most overlooked. I think many of you have experienced this at one time or another; a person at the range not practicing safe firearms handling. We have all seen and maybe have been the recipient of a muzzle sweep.

Every year accidental discharges occur and in almost all of those cases a finger has been on a trigger.  These reported accidental discharges are no accident and in the vast majority of cases a finger has been on a trigger. Never accept or hand off a loaded gun. If you are handed a gun and told it is unloaded, always verify.

Remember too that a firearm is a mechanical device that needs cleaning and maintenance. Using the proper ammunition can prevent gun mishaps as well.

Here are the four basic rules to firearm safety and regardless of your skill level they apply everytime you handle a gun:

1. All guns are always loaded.

2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger, out of the trigger guard, until you are pointed at the target and ready to shoot.

4. Be certain of your target and what is beyond it.

Follow these rules each and every time you pick up a weapon whether it is to inspect, load or unload, and clean and you will have many years of safe and enjoyable shooting.

Here are some excellent links to learn more on firearm safety.



Do you know the Laws on the Use of Deadly Force?

gun-lawsSo you are now a gun owner and have a desire to protect yourself. Part of being a gun owner is learning to be proficient with your firearm. As equally important is to understand the laws regarding the use of your gun when needed. I want to focus on that instance when, as a responsible gun owner you may be faced with having to use lethal force. While this may not be a pleasant topic, it is vital to know when your action is legal. Having a working knowledge of the laws on the threat to use, and the use itself, can make the difference between a justified shooting and a charge of aggravated assault or murder. Knowing when you can shoot can also assist you in not hesitating in a situation when seconds matter.

This message is not intended to scare you, rather I am hopeful to point you in the direction of either taking a class or do some reading on the laws in your home state. You don’t need to be a trained law enforcement officer or attorney to have a working knowledge of this subject. We have heard a lot lately from a case in Florida regarding the “stand your ground laws”, or the Castle Doctrine. Here in Arizona we have a stand your ground law, but what does it mean and what does it afford someone under the law? Fortunately, there are many resources available to you. If you reside in a state that has concealed weapons permits these courses can be very valuable in providing you with this instruction. If training is not what you are looking for then I recommend some informative and reasonably priced books from the author, Alan Korwin, who is “the largest publisher and distributor of gun-law books in America, nationally
recognized as an expert resource in this narrowly focused niche”. Below are some local Arizona resources that can provide this training.