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10 Commandments Of Gun Safety

By Melvin Ruth
Published on Sep 17th, 2009

Here are a list of rules to observe when handling any firearm and should be committed to memory by each individual who plans to hunt or handle firearms.

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
  3. Always make sure the firearm is unloaded and keep the action open except when hunting or preparing to shoot.
  4. Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstruction and you have the proper ammunition for the firearm you are carrying.
  5. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger, and what is beyond it.
  6. Never point a firearm at anything you don't intend to shoot, Avoid horseplay with any firearm.
  7. Never climb a fence, tree, or jump a ditch with a loaded weapon. Never pull the gun towards you by the muzzle.
  8. Never shoot at a hard flat surface or water.
  9. Store firearms and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
  10. Avoid alcohol and other drugs before and during shooting.

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Author Bio :: Melvin Ruth

Melvin Ruth started boxing for the Highland Exchange Club in 1986. He began his formal study of Korean Martial Arts in 1988, Tae Kwon Do in Baltimore County. By 1994, Melvin joined the U.S. Army and National Guard serving honorably through 2004. After returning from various military missions, Melvin began training in Kenpo Karate in 1997. Mr. Ruth received his black belt certification in Kenpo Karate in 2003. Melvin began working with Kenpo 2000 while pursuing his black belt. He is currently refining his Kenpo as a student of Professor Skip Hancock. Mr. Ruth is a partner in M&D's Modern Martial Arts of Bishopville, MD www.mdsmma.com. The studio is affiliated with TheMALC and Kenpo 2000. Melvin is the Director of Infrastructure for The Martial Arts Learning Community, Inc. (TheMALC).

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