Topic Summary

The Firearms Safety Code

  1. Treat every firearm as if it is loaded and make it safe.
  2. Always ensure your firing zone is clear and identify your target beyond all doubt.
  3. Never point a firearm at or near another person.
  4. Never load a firearm until you are ready to shoot.
  5. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
  6. When you have finished shooting remove the magazine (if fitted), unload and then check that the chamber is empty
  7. Never climb over fences or obstacles with a firearm
  8. Never mix alcohol and drugs with the use of a firearm.
  9. Your firearm is your responsibility.
  10. Make sure that all firearms are transported securely to prevent misuse or theft.
  11. Never allow unauthorised access to your firearm(s) or ammunition.
  12. Encourage safe and responsible shooting practices in the field, on the range and within the community.
  13. Understand the operation of your firearm, keep it in good repair and always use the correct ammunition.
  14. Never store firearms and ammunition together.  Ensure they are safely locked away when not in use.
  15. Be familiar with the legal requirements for safe storage, firearms ownership, possession and use.
  16. Dispose of unwanted firearms lawfully.