Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction

Loaded or unloaded, always point the muzzle in a safe direction.

  • A safe direction will depend on where you are.
  • Remember that bullets can go through walls and ceilings and they can ricochet against flat or hard surfaces.
  • Never point a firearm at anyone or at yourself.
  • Keep focussed when handling firearms
  • To avoid unintentional firing or damage, firearms should never be leant against vehicles or any place where they could slide or fall.
  • Always be particularly careful when placing firearms in, or removing them from, vehicles, boats or storage. The muzzle should be pointed away from you (and anyone
    else nearby) and your finger should be off the trigger..
Be aware that firearms can go off unintentionally when:
  • Closing the action
  • Releasing the safety catch
  • Uncocking
  • Or opening a loaded firearm