Practice Safe Storage
Mossberg encourages all gun owners to develop a secure storage solution that works for their circumstances and prevents unauthorized use. To assist in that effort, we include a free gun lock with every firearm shipped, and are proud supporters of efforts such as Project ChildSafe. To learn more about securing your firearm and tips on how to talk to your child about firearms, please visit www.projectchildsafe.org.
Safety and Safe Firearms Handling is Everyone’s Responsibility
From the time an individual picks up a firearm, that person becomes a part of a system over which they have complete control. They are the only part of the system that can make a gun safe – or unsafe.
Hunting and target shooting are among the safest of all sports. A firearm owner’s manual is intended to make them even safer, by re-emphasizing and reaffirming the basics of safe gun handling and storage, and by reminding shooters that they are the key to firearms safety.
You can help meet this responsibility by enrolling in hunter safety or shooting safety courses. You must constantly stress safety when handling firearms, especially to children and nonshooters. Newcomers in particular, must be closely supervised when handling firearms with which they may not be acquainted.
Don’t be timid when it comes to gun safety. If you observe anyone violating any safety precautions, you have an obligation to suggest better handling practices. Please read these rules carefully and follow the safety procedures outlined. Firearm safety is up to you. Make no mistake about it.
- Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
- Firearms should be unloaded when not in use.
- Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety.”
- Be sure of your target and what’s behind it.
- Use correct ammunition.
- If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
- Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
- Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
- Don’t alter your gun and have your guns serviced regularly.
- Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
Courtesy of Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc.
Arm Yourself with Information
The is no greater responsibility for gun-owning parents than to teach their entire family about firearm safety, safe gun handling and to practice safe firearm storage. The National Shooting Sports Foundation offers some great resources for parents including this excellent video featuring competitive shooter, Julie Golob, “Talking to Kids About Guns.”
Please also review NSSF’s pamphlet, Firearms Responsibility in the Home (PDF).
Arm Yourself with Facts
Are you proud to be a firearms owner? You should be.
Key Facts About Hunters and Shooters
(from the National Shooting Sports Foundation)
Did You Know?
- Sportsmen contribute nearly $8 million every day, adding more than $2.9 billion every year for conservation.
- Hunters and target shooters have paid $6.8 billion in excise taxes since the inception of the Pittman-Robertson Act in 1937.
- Hunting in America is big business, generating 600,000 jobs in the United States.
- For more than 80 years, sportsmen have paid more than $13.7 billion for on-the-ground projects in every state, protecting our natural environment and our fish and wildlife.
- The $4.95 billion in annual federal tax money generated by hunters’ spending could cover the annual paychecks of 150,000 U.S. Army Sergeants.
Hunter’s Pocket Fact Card
At some point, nearly every hunter will be called on to point out the merits of hunting. Will you be up to the task of defending this great tradition by citing well-sourced facts in your discussion?
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, can help you make your points with its newly updated Hunter’s Pocket Fact Card. The card can be downloaded in PDF format for free and is also available in bulk quantities to your hunting club, shooting range, conservation organization or firearms retail store.