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TWRA urges firearm safety

TWRA urges firearm safety

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:54 am

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency urges those who received firearms as gifts this holiday season to handle them in a safe, responsible manner. “Hunters know the importance of safety while in the field. Firearms in the home need to be treated with the same regard,” said Dave Gabbard, information and education manager, TWRA Region I, in Jackson. Firearm safety is a topic addressed in a recent press release from TWRA. Here are some tips for home firearm safety: • Always read the owner’s manual before taking a new firearm to the range or hunting. Not all firearms operate the same. • Never handle or show guns without carefully checking to be sure they are unloaded. Open the action and keep it open until the gun is ready for storage. • Unload all firearms before taking them into the home. Even if you unloaded them after the shooting range session or the hunt ended, check them again before taking them inside. • Rifles and shotguns should be stored securely in racks, cabinets or safes. Handguns should be stored in a similar manner. If proper storage facilities are not available, action or trigger locks should be installed. • Ammunition should be kept under lock at a location separate from firearms. Published in The Messenger 12.26.08

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