Rules for Safe Gun Handling

Rule # 1: All firearms are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are. (The first words usually spoken after a negligent discharge are, I thought it was unloaded!)

Rule # 2: Never allow the muzzle of your firearm to point toward anything you do not intend to kill or destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)

Rule # 3: Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are aligned with your target and you are ready to shoot. (The only way a gun will fire is by pulling the trigger.)

Rule # 4: Be sure of your target, it's surroundings, and what's beyond it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.

A discussion of Cooper's Rules vs. the NRA's Rules

Kids and Guns and Parent's Responsibility