The vast majority of firearm and shotgun certificate holders display a high level of safety awareness in respect of their weapon usage and storage, however, it cannot be stressed highly enough how important it is to always be aware that you are in possession of a lethal weapon. It only takes a lapse in concentration to allow a tragedy to occur. It may be a fact of life these could have been preventable. For the responsible shooter, always act responsibly, both in the use and transport of your weapons, but also the security aspects by with to keep your weapons.
You Should NEVER:
- Point a weapon, loaded or unloaded, in an unsafe direction or at anybody.
- Pass a loaded weapon to someone else.
- Load a firearm or shotgun until you are ready to fire it
- Fire your weapon until you have positively identified your quarry.
- Fire your weapon until you are absolutely positive it is safe to do so.
- Put your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Put a loaded weapon down or leave it unattended.
- Lean a weapon against or on anything including a vehicle.
- Attempt to fire unless you are in a comfortable and well balanced position.
- Fire a firearm or shotgun whilst having a dog on a lead under your control.
- Attempt to climb over or traverse a stream with a loaded weapon.
- Use a weapon that is in an unsafe condition, poor repair or out of proof.
- Use the wrong type/calibre of ammunition in respect to your weapon and quarry.
- Use a weapon whilst under the influence of alcohol.
- Do NOT fire at quarry unless you are sure it is within range, if you are not sure, don’t shoot.
- Low quarry should not be shot. It is a matter of upmost importance that you allow the quarry to rise at least 4 metres.
- Know your limitations and those of your gun and shoot responsibly. If you are not reasonably sure of a humane kill, don’t shoot! Shooting at quarry is not a competition.
- Ensure that your conduct is always above reproach. Always try, where ever possible, to encourage the same attitude in your shooting companions and in any other shooter with whom you come into contact with.