The right to bear arms is an American privilege as old as the Constitution itself. However, just because the right exists it does not mean that safety and education are unimportant. On the contrary, being a responsible gun owner is one of the most important things you can be if you choose to carry.
Educating yourself on gun safety and proper storage is the first thing that you should do if you own a firearm. Whether you own custom handguns, rifles or anything in between, you need to know how to operate and store them.
- Gun safety classes are never wasted time or money. Check online to see what is offered to you nearby and enroll yourself and your family in a course. If guns are going to be part of your life, then everybody needs to understand their risks.
- Check your local laws and policies when it comes to carrying a gun. Some states, like Washington, are open-carry states (meaning that you can wear your handgun on your hip in public if you choose to). Other states require a special license for that kind of carry. Be aware of what is legal and what can get you arrested when carrying your gun in public.
- Invest in a safe for locking up your weapons and ammunition. It’s an expense and takes up a lot of room, but it’s the best thing you can do to keep them out of irresponsible hands. In 2018, almost 40,000 people died in the United States from accidental gun-related injuries. Avoid your place in that number in the years to come.
Teaching yourself and your whole family about proper gun safety is essential when you choose to own one. Be as educated and well-versed in local laws as you can before deciding to purchase and carry a weapon. American right though it might be, risking lives is not worth it.