About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Washington Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

Statistics show that more than half of the fatal firearm incidents reported each year occur in the home. Since almost all incidents are caused by carelessness and lack of knowledge, it's the owner's duty to help prevent firearm mishaps in the home.

Most importantly, lock guns away where children can't reach them, and store ammunition in a separate location. Check to see that a firearm is unloaded before allowing it in any building or living area.

The cardinal rule

Practice these safety rules if handling a firearm in the home.

  • Immediately point the muzzle in a safe direction when you pick up a firearm.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger.
  • Always check to see that the chamber and the magazine are empty.
  • If someone shows you a gun you are not familiar with, do not handle it until the action is opened and you are certain the handgun is unloaded.

If a gun is taken from storage to show friends, be sure they understand safe gun handling rules.

When you are with others, pay attention to what everyone is doing, particularly children.

  • Know where everyone is at all times.
  • Anticipate when and where they will move.
Handgun stored in a closet