FIREARM SAFETY TRAINING
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TRAINING PROGRAM
If you own or are considering purchasing a firearm, you can make your home safer by taking a firearm safety training course. Handling and storing guns safely at home will help protect you and your family. There are many firearm safety programs available throughout Maine.
When choosing a training program, here are some factors to consider:
>Employment background in professions that utilize firearms
>Trained and certified as an instructor and taken repeat courses
>Has liability insurance to cover you
>First aid training and trauma kit available
>Provides live fire training
>Instructor/student ratio is no more than 1/5
>Emphasizes safety and trains for practical scenarios
>Explains federal and state laws
>Teaches proper maintenance of firearms
>Listens to and cares about those s/he trains
>Lives by what s/he teaches
>Has effective teaching skills
practice these four safety rules:
1. ALWAYS treat any firearm as though it is loaded. Accidental discharges can be avoided by following this precaution.
2. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
3. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
4. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. To insure only those you wish to have access get access to your gun be sure to lock your gun with a trigger lock or in a safe and store your ammunition separately.
In addition these safety resources are available:
TRIGGER LOCK GIVEAWAY LOCATIONS
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE
MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA
Be SMART: A campaign that empowers parents to ask if guns in a home are secured before allowing their child to visit another home.
RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
IS YOUR HOME SUICIDE PROOF?: A campaign that informs parents about the simple steps they can take to reduce the risk that a youth suicide will occur in their home.
BRADY CENTER TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE AND AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
ASK : The ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Campaign promotes a simple idea with the potential to help keep kids safe. ASK, “Is there an unlocked gun in your house?” before sending your child over to play.