Posted April 14, 2020 4:29 am by Comments

By Chris Eger

Basic firearms safety is paramount for both new and seasoned gun owners. (Photo: Chris Eger/
With so many new gun owners joining the ranks of Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights, there are several stepping up to help.
Last month saw record firearm sales based on the data from federal regulators. While inevitably many of those transactions were veteran gun owners fleshing out their collections, reports from coast to coast maintain that a large segment of those waiting in line and jumping through hoops are first-time gun buyers.
With that in mind, training for those new legions is important.
Above all, the four basic safety rules when handling guns should be remembered.

Always point a firearm in a safe direction.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
 Treat every gun as if it were loaded. Keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
Know your target and what’s around it, including beyond it.

The California Rifle & Pistol Association held a 30-minute free new gun owner webinar to highlight the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude essential for selecting, safely handling, storing and cleaning a firearm.

Moving past that in more detail, some of the biggest names in the gun culture community have made an


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