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5. Check your barrel and ammunition.

Make sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions, and carry only the proper ammunition for your handgun.

Check your barrel and ammunition

6. Unload firearms when not in use.

Leave actions open, and carry firearms in cases and unloaded to and from the shooting area.

Unload firearms when not in use

7. Point a handgun only at something you intend to shoot.

Avoid all horseplay with a gun.

Avoid all horseplay with a gun

8. Don't run, jump, or climb with a loaded handgun.

Unload a handgun before you climb a fence or tree, or jump a ditch. Pull a firearm toward you by the butt, not the muzzle.

Pull a firearm toward you by the butt

9. Store handguns and ammunition separately and safely.

Store each in secured locations beyond the reach of children and careless adults.

Store handguns and ammunition separately

10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during shooting.

Also avoid mind– or behavior–altering medicines or drugs.

Never drink and shoot!