Handling Firearms Safely After the Hunt

How to Safely Transport Firearms
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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Louisiana –-(Ammoland.com)- With Louisiana hunting seasons in full swing, hunters are reminded that safe firearm handling does not end with the hunt.

Proper transport and storage of firearms will keep everyone safe when the hunt is over.

Hunters are reminded of the following basic safety practices:

  • Completely unload firearms at the conclusion of the hunt and keep the action open.  Be sure all shells or cartridges are removed from both the chamber and the magazine.
  • When in a vehicle, boat or on an ATV, transport firearms unloaded with the action open and in a secure position – preferably in a case.
  • Always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction.  This basic rule applies in the field, in a vehicle and in the home.
  • When cleaning a firearm or putting it away for storage, double check to be sure it is completely unloaded.  Anytime you pick up a firearm, make it a habit to make sure it is unloaded before doing anything else.
  • Keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard whenever handling firearms in a situation where you do not intend to shoot.
  • Store unloaded firearms and ammunition in separate and locked locations.
  • Consider use of a lock to make your firearms inoperable while being stored or transported.
  • Children and even adults are often curious about firearms, so make sure your firearms are inaccessible to persons who may be visiting your home.
  • Discuss firearm safety with members of your household and set rules for firearm access and handling.

Gifts of shotguns, rifles and handguns will be received during the holiday season.  Be sure that anyone receiving these gifts understands and practices safe firearm handling.  A Hunter Education class is an excellent way to acquaint a new hunter or shooter with firearm safety.

Additional tips and reminders for safe firearm handling in the home are available from the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe http://www.projectchildsafe.org/ .

For more information about Hunter Education, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education or contact Fred Kimmel at 225-765-2355 or [email protected] .

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Grey Beard
Grey Beard
7 years ago

Traveling by any means with an open action is an invitation to disaster! Do you have any idea how much dust, dirt, debris, twigs, leaves, etc., flies around during travel? Nothing in the chamber, and if needed by local law in the magazine, but keep the action CLOSED! And EVERY one checks on all others for compliance.