While we don’t own as many guns as our neighbors to the south, gun ownership in Canada is also very important. With the right to own a gun comes the responsibility to take care of it.
In this post, we’ll examine 5 ways to be a responsible gun owner along with some tips to help you succeed in implementing these actions.
Tip 1: Always follow the four rules of gun ownership
There are four hard and fast rules of gun ownership that are critical that a person always follow:
- Always treat a gun like it’s loaded. Always.
- Never point a gun at anything you don’t want to shoot (and kill)
- Don’t engage the trigger until you are ready to fire.
- Be 100% certain of your target (and what’s beyond it) before lining up a shot.
Following those rules is a good start to making sure you’re being a responsible gun ower.
Tip 2: Make sure you store your gun in a safe location
Gun storage is one of the key elements of owning a gun. The small percentage of the time you are actively engaged with the gun is just that.. a small percentage. The rest of the time you have a firearm that could be accessed by anyone if not properly stored. There are several options for storing a gun. A few things to consider:
- The size of the gun
- The location of the gun to be stored
- The level of protection. A few options here from with regards to locking mechanisms: mechanical, digital, biometric. Here is a good rundown on some of the best handgun safes under $500
Tip 3: Protect your gun in ALL circumstances
- Your gun doesn’t only need protection from other people, it also needs protection from the elements. What if there’s a fire or a flood? Here is a link to some of the best fireproof gun safe reviews by a reputable company.
- When you’re not using your gun and it’s not locked away, it still needs protection. This includes transporting it to a new house or location, driving to the range with the firearm, or whatever else may cause you to take it out without explicitly using it.
Tip 4: Buy the right gun for you
- A lot of people go out and buy way too much of a gun. Decide what you’re going to use the gun for and then buy a gun that fits. You don’t need a 50 caliber rifle.
- Make sure the size of the gun is a good fit physically. If you have small hands, don’t buy a huge handgun it will only cause problems and perhaps safety issues.
- Budget: Think about ammo. Ammunition can be expensive to take that into consideration or you may be tempted to purchase sub-standard ammunition that could cause issues later on.
Tip 5: Have fun
Someone who is having fun with their firearm will most likely use it more, learn more about it, educate themselves, take classes, and build relationships in the industry. That will all lead to a safer, more relaxed and better experience for everyone.
I hope you liked our tips and check back often. Also – don’t forget to put these into place if you are indeed one of the many lucky gun owners in the world.