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Shotgun safety in the Home

 

Before bringing a shotgun indoors always check that it is unloaded. I strongly recommend that a shotgun be broken down and placed in a case bringing it indoors. Otherwise always stop at the door and check that the gun is unloaded before bringing it into the house. Children have been founf playing with shotguns which were loaded, days after very careful shooting men have taken them into the house thinking they were unloaded. Show your wife or other responsible persons in the household how to check that a gun is unloaded, even if they know nothing else about guns.

 

Never load a shotgun indoors: This is one rule that should never be broken. There is no reason for loading a shotgun in the house.

 

Always store your shotgun and cartridges securely: A proper gun cabinet is the ideal way to store your shotgun. It is not absolutely necessary. You can lock your gun away in a press or a wardrobe or in a room or in some other suitable place. The main thing is to keep it out of reach of children and unauthorised persons. Every shotgun holder has a responsibility to himself, his children, other members of the household, the public and the sport to ensure that his shotgun is stored securely.

 

Storing cartridges: Always store your cartridges away from your shotgun out of reach of children, preferably locked away out of sight.

 

Never mix cartridges for shotguns of different bores: If, for example, you load a 20 bore cartridge into a 12 bore shotgun, it will slip into the barrel far enough to allow a 12 bore cartridge to be loaded into the chamber in the usual way, and the gun to be closed and fired. The result hardly bears thinking about.