We recommend that you: Store your handgun, unloaded and uncocked, in securely locked handgun safes. As a handgun owner, safe and secure storage is one of the most important responsibilities that you assume. Only you and your spouse should be aware of where your weapon is permanently stored. It should not be within sight or reach of children, or accessible to burglars. If you need quick access to a loaded firearm in your home, you need to take special saftey measures. Most fatal home firearm accidents occur when youngsters, often children who do not live in the home, discover firearms that the adults thought were safley hidden.
Child-proof your handgun by removing all ammunition, opening up the action of the weapon and securing it with the locking device. There are several types of locking devices available. Remember to lock your handgun before storing it in a gun safe. If children are in the home, a conscious effort by the gun owner should be made to assure that the weapon has a trigger lock and is stored in a wall mount handgun safe. According to law, you may be guilty of a felony if you are found to have been negligent in storing your firearm and it was used by a minor to cause death or injury to another person.
Store and lock your handgun and its ammunition in separate gun safes. Do not store your handgun among your valuables, such as jewelry or silver. Do not store your handgun in a bedside table or under your mattress or pillow. Child-proof your weapon by placing a padlock around the tip strap of the weapon or by securing a trigger lock. We recommend that you: Always carry with you, on your key chain, the keys that open both the locked container that stores your handgun, and its padlock or trigger lock.
If you go on vacation, consider additional safe-keeping measures for your handgun while you are away.
Store ammunition in a locked container, away from heat or moisture. Never throw out ammunition in the trash.
Record your handgun's serial number and keep it in a safety deposit box. We recommend that the following safety rules be strictly enforced:
Always treat every handgun as if it were loaded.
Never point a gun (whether loaded or unloaded) at another person or at yourself.
Always keep the firearm pointed in safe direction. You must also take into consideration that a bullet can ricochet or glance off of any object it strikes, and that bullets can penetrate walls, ceilings, floors, and windows. Give your handgun to someone only if you verify that it is unloaded and the cylinder or action is open. Take a handgun from someone only after you verify that it is unloaded and the cylinder or action is open. Always be certain that your target and the surrounding area are safe before firing. Before firing your weapon you should routinely make sure that your firearm is in good working order and that the barrel is clear of dirt and obstructions. Load your handgun only if and when you intend to fire it. Assume your handgun's safety devices will fail. When handling or cleaning your handgun, never leave it unattended - It should be in your view and under your supervision at all times. The most dangerous handgun is an "unloaded" handgun.