There is no question that the gun culture exists heavily in America. Besides people’s love for their Second Amendment rights, they simply love to shoot for fun at their local shooting range. Some people even like to go out into the woods and exercise their right to hunt animals for sport. But there are still advices that people should follow if they are ever going to shoot a gun, whether it is at the range or in the woods. The first piece of advice is to never point a gun at anything that you don’t intend to shoot. It doesn’t even matter if you have a loaded gun or not. Sometimes you might not think there is ammunition in the chamber, but then you pull the trigger for fun and find out that it really was loaded for whatever reason. So never point your gun at anybody as a joke because the results may not be as funny.

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Another general piece of advice is to empty your gun’s chamber of ammo after you are done using it. People make the mistake of keeping their guns loaded when they are not using them, but this can be dangerous if children are around. That is why you often hear in the news about children finding their parent’s gun and shooting themselves or another person. They could accidentally find a weapon in their mother’s purse or under their father’s bed and think it is a toy. Then they point it at someone and pull the trigger without realizing the deadly consequences it will bring. Now you may think it is necessary to keep a loaded gun in the house in case burglars or intruders break in. But really, how long does it take for you to load a weapon with ammo? If you stash a loaded magazine (for handguns) or belt with shells (for shotgun) somewhere secure then you can just load the gun within seconds. This is the safest way to go about keeping a gun in the house with children around.
New shooters often try to be cool by shooting their pistols with one hand, but the recoil could end up pushing them to the ground. That is why you should always use two hands when firing any kind of firearm, especially a pistol.

And as always, wear earmuffs or earplugs at the shooting range to avoid going deaf. And don’t forget about eye protection.