Firearms Safety
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Firearms Safety

Firearms Safety, we are ultimately responsible for the safety of our firearm/s. Australia has a National Firearms Safety Code which we have outlined in this article. 

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    Firearms Safety

    National Firearms Safety Code

    1.  Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
    2. Your firearm is your responsibility.
    3. Always ensure your firing zone is clear and identify your target beyond all doubt.
    4. Never point a firearm at or near another person.
    5. Never load a firearm until you are ready to shoot.
    6. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
    7. When you have finished shooting remove the magazine (if fitted), unload and then check that the chamber is empty.
    8. Make sure that all firearms are transported securely to prevent misuse or theft.
    9. Never allow unauthorised access to your firearm(s) or ammunition.
    10. Do not climb fences or obstacles with loaded firearms.
    11. Encourage safe and responsible handling of firearms in the field, on the range, and within the community.
    12. Never mix shooting with alcohol or drugs.
    13. Understand the operation of your firearm, keep it in good repair, and always use the correct ammunition.
    14. Never store firearms and ammunition together. Ensure they are safely locked away when not in use.
    15. Be familiar with the legal requirements for safe storage, firearms ownership, possession and use in your state or territory, or in the state or territory you are visiting.
    16. Dispose of unwanted firearms lawfully. Surrender them to the police or sell them to or through a licensed dealer.

    National Firearms Safety Code – Full copy courtesy Sporting Shooters Association of Australia (South Australia) Incorporated.

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