Clearwater Injury Lawyer Mark Perenich
Firearms safety is a topic, which for all intensive purposes, probably needs more attention paid to it. Hunting accidents account for almost 100 fatalities each year (http://ihea-usa.org/news-and-events/news/incident-reports). Not all firearm accidents result in death however, many accidents can leave a victim incapacitated, maimed or disfigured. On average there are 30,000 deaths due to firearm accidents yearly in the United States. This number obviously varies but these are the general statistics. Compared to other preventable deaths, this is actually low. Tobacco continues to be the leading cause of death in the States with around 500,00.
There are some basic rules when it comes to firearm safety. The most important is to always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Accidents often occur when a gun is pointed in a haphazard manner and is accidentally discharged. The second rule of thumb is, always keep your finger “off” the trigger until ready to discharge the weapon. The third rule is to always keep the gun on “safety’ until ready to use.
Tips from a former US Marine: There are some additional tips I feel I should add to this. Firearms when discharged have a tendency to build up residue carbon when being discharged. Therefore, it is important to clean the weapon frequently after use. When cleaning always use a lubricant and a steel wire brush to clean the carbon off. Most importantly before cleaning and firing, always cock the weapon and inspect the barrel for loose rounds. A loose round stuck in the chamber can spell disaster if the weapon is accidentally discharged. It is imperative to always inspect before firing and cleaning a firearm. It is also important to keep the serial number of your firearm in a safe place locked securely. One of the things I was taught as a young Marine is that a clean weapon is a safe weapon.
There are a number of companies that offer firearm safety classes. Check online for a course close to you . Unsupervised children with guns are very important issues when it comes to gun safety. This is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States and abroad. If your child is going to be around and using firearms whether it be a hunting camp or recreational shooting (target) program, a safety class is recommended and required. Gun safety is a personal responsibility if you own or operate one. By following simple, effective common sense rules, you can enjoy using a firearm for recreation or professional use effectively. By not following these rules, a disaster is waiting to happen. Following some of the tips outlined above may help you with firearm safety when it comes to personal safety.