It may be too early to tell yet what the aftermath of the tragic shooting last week in Aurora, Coloradowill be. Most likely, it will lead many people to consider purchasing guns for personal protection. Guns can be very effective for self-defense. Many people who may otherwise consider guns for self-defense are afraid to for fear of having an accident with the gun. However, guns can be very safe if gun owners follow basic safety tips.

First, before you decide to purchase a gun or shoot, know how to safely use guns. Learn how a gun operates and how to handle it. This may mean taking a gun safety class offered at a local gun store. Before shooting, wear the correct ear and eye protection. Only buy the proper ammunition for your gun – if you aren’t sure, ask an expert at a gun store.

When you have your gun out, never point the gun in the direction of a person. Always keep it pointed somewhere safe. Also, don’t ever keep your gun loaded until it’s ready to use. If you pick up a gun and think it’s not loaded, double check. Look in the chamber and open the action. Finally, always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

When you are ready to shoot your gun, be very aware of where you are shooting. Know what’s beyond your target. Absolutely do not shoot in an area in which people could be hit. Don’t consume any alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs before shooting. Make sure your gun is ready to operate safely before you shoot. If you think there’s a mechanical problem, consult an expert.

Finally, make sure you store your gun properly. After using your gun, clean it properly to prevent accumulated moisture, dirt or oil from building up on your gun. Store guns so that people who shouldn’t get them, can’t, including children. You will have to take your personal situation into account when deciding how to store your guns.

Unfortunately, not everyone follows proper gun safety procedures, which leads to accidents, some of them serious or fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured in a gun accident, contact theDallaspersonal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 866-986-1529.