Safety is number one throughout the class, no live ammo is allowed in class room, dummy ammo is used in
learning to load and unload of a handgun. A student must obey all gun range safety rules with live ammo.
Safety will be touched on throughout the class.
The three most fundamental rules for safe gun handling are:
1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
REMEMBER TO KEEP THE BARREL POINTED AT THE GOUND WHEN LOADING AND POINTED
TOWARDS THE SKY WHEN UNLOADING!!!
REMEMBER : Safeties are mechanical devices, and they can fail.
ALWAYS ASSUME THE HANGUN IS LOADED. NEVER SIMPLY ASK—LOOK FOR YOURSELF
Parents play a key role in developing safe practices and are ultimately responsible for the behavior and
safety of their children. Because isolated lessons and concepts can be quickly forgotten, repetition will keep
children remember standard safety procedures. Parents can teach their children the Eddie Eagle Program at
home. Simply call the Eddie Eagle Program at 800-231-0752 and request a sample kit. Each includes a copy
of the student workbook, instructor’s guide, program statistics, a description of materials, and order form,
and the Parents’ Guide to Gun Safety brochure. This text is also available as a brochure. To receive a copy
of the “Parents’ Guide to Gun Safety” brochure, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800-2310752). In a home
where guns are kept, the degree of safety a child has rests squarely on the child’s parents. Parents who
accept the responsibility to learn, practice and teach gun safety rules will ensure their child’s safety to a
much greater extent than those who do no. Parental responsibility does not end, however, when the child
leaves the home. It is critical for your child to know what to do if he or she encounters a firearm anywhere,
and it is the parents’ responsibility to provide that training.
There is no particular age to talk with your child about gun safety. A good time to introduce the subject is the
first time he or she shows an interest in firearms, even toy pistols or rifles. Talking openly and honestly about
gun safety with your child is usually more effective than just ordering him or her to “Stay out of the gun
closet,” and leaving it at that. Such statements may just stimulate a child’s natural curiosity to investigate
further. As with any safety lesson, explaining the rules and answering a child’s questions help remove the
mystery surrounding guns. Any rules set for your own child should also apply to friends who visit the home.
This will help keep your child from being pressured into showing a gun to a friend. If you have decided that
your child is not ready to be trained in a gun’s handling and use, teach him or her to follow the instructions of
NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. If you find a gun:
STOP – DON’T TOUCH – LEAVE THE AREA – TELL AN ADULT.
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