If you are new to guns or have never owned your own gun, but are curious about firearms ownership, congratulations — you’ve come to the right place. One of the most important things you can do as a new gun owner is learn as much as you can about the basics of firearms safety.
In this article, we will review some of the most important information we believe a first-time gun owner should know.
Understand and Follow Safety Rules
At KelTec, we take safety seriously. That is why we listed safety rules as the number one thing a first-time gun owner should know and understand. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is an excellent reference for gun safety rules. You should know how to carry, stow and use your gun safely. If you don’t, there are classes available all over the world. If you don’t know how to find a class, contact your local law enforcement office for recommendations.
The NRA lists these as essential gun safety rules:
- Treat every gun as if it's loaded
- Always keep a muzzle/barrel pointed away from you and in a safe direction
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot
- Always keep a gun unloaded until you are ready to use it
Of course, there are many more safety rules for gun owners. For example, guns should be stored in an area that is not accessible to unauthorized users, and gun owners should under no circumstances be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while handling any firearm.
Know and Comply with Local Laws
Gun owners should know and understand state and local gun laws. There are laws in your state related to firearm ownership, capacity, transport and usage among others. It is the responsibility of the gun owner to know and follow these laws. Again, if you are unsure of the laws in your particular jurisdiction, you can always contact any local law enforcement agency or NRA sources for more information.
Get Adequate Training
Because firearms safety is so essential, KelTec recommends getting training from an expert before you even purchase a firearm. Where is the best place to get training? Look for a reputable shooting range near your home. Most ranges and gun clubs offer classes pertaining to implementing safety rules, weapons manipulation and the proper skills to effectively operate a handgun or long gun. Additionally, a range is a great resource for helping you select a firearm that is appropriate for your comfort and skill level. A good range instructor will make sure that you are confident using a particular firearm before you purchase it.
Learn About and Understand Requirements for Concealed Carry
Making the decision to purchase a firearm and learning about safety are just two of the things to think about when purchasing a firearm. If you want to carry the weapon on a regular basis, there are specific state guidelines and policies you must follow. Additionally, make sure that you pick a proper holster or case for your gun. A good holster allows you to protect the trigger, maintain control of your firearm at all times, and safely draw it if you should need to. For more tips, check out our blog on choosing the right gun holster.
Continue to Learn and Train
Gun ownership is an invitation to lifelong learning and training. In order to become more familiar with your gun and maintain safety, continuous training is important. It helps to build a solid foundation for both safety and weapons manipulation.
KelTec Can Help You Find Your Ideal First Firearm
Gun ownership is exciting, but it also comes with a great degree of responsibility. Learn as much as you can and get involved in local events.
Staying abreast of developments is easy when you get involved with a community of gun owners. It is easy to get involved online or in the local community. You’ll likely find events at a local range. Attend competitions nearby. You can gain a lot of knowledge from other responsible gun owners. By following these first-time gun owner recommendations, you’ll be welcomed into a large community of responsible gun owners. Just remember that safety is always the number one priority.
At KelTec, we believe everyone should feel confident with their firearm while following the necessary safety principles. For more information or to browse our assortment of high-quality firearms, check out our website.