GUN SAFETY AND GUN LAWS CLASS

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GUN SAFETY AND GUN LAWS
KEY TOPICS
GUN SAFETY RULES

STATE GUN LAWS

WAITING PERIOD/ REGISTRATION

CONCEILED LAWS

RECIPROCITY

GUN SAFETY RULES

At home, in the field, at the range, or anywhere, the first concern of every firearm owner should be safety. Before handling any firearm, understand its operation and familiarize yourself with its mechanical features. To help ensure safe practices at home and on the range, make these gun handling principles your own, and they will become natural habits whenever you handle a firearm.

The Four Basic Principles of Safe Gun Handling
1. Treat every firearm as if it's loaded.

Even if you're absolutely certain a gun is unloaded, still follow these rules for safe gun handling. You want these rules to be natural habits; holding yourself to them each and every time helps make them so.

2.Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire. This means to keep your trigger finger straight, and to raise it up to rest flat alongside the body of your gun. Whenever you are not on target and ready to fire, your trigger finger should always be outside the trigger guard and resting straight and flat alongside the body of your gun.

3.Never point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to shoot. This is explains itself.
4. Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire. Always keep your weapon on safe until ready to fire, accidents can happen.

GUN SAFETY IN THE HOME

Always keep the firearm’s muzzle pointed in a safe direction. A “safe direction” means that the gun is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it would not result in injury. Always keep your finger off the trigger until you actually intend to shoot. When handling a gun, rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Don’t touch the trigger until you are actually ready to fire. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use. Whenever you pick up a gun, such as when removing it from or returning it to storage, remember to point it in a safe direction and make sure it is unloaded. Be sure you know how your firearm operates: read the manual on your firearm, know how to safely open and close the action of the firearm and know how to safely remove any ammunition from the firearm and its magazine. Store your firearms in a locked cabinet, safe, gun vault or storage case when not in use, ensuring they are in a location inaccessible by children and cannot be handled by anyone without your permission. Store your ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms. Use a gun locking device that renders the firearm inoperable when not in use. A gun lock should be used as an additional safety precaution and not as a substitute for secure storage. Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Have them sign the Project ChildSafe Pledge for young people—a reminder that if they find an unattended firearm in their home or a neighbor’s to not touch it, and tell an adult. Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range. Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety. Visit the Project ChildSafe website for safety information and to find out where to get a free firearm safety kit in your area.

WAITING PERIOD/ REGISTRATION

Mississippi has no waiting periods on the purchase of firearms. Firearms purchased from a dealer must first be approved under the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System required by Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993.

Mississippi has no owner gun registration requirements, except for silencers and armor piercing ammunition.

STATE GUN LAWS

PURCHASE

No state permit is required for the...
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