Skill Builder: Lock Away Danger
Proper gun storage is essential for safety.
By Robert Ramirez
Those who enjoy hunting and shooting sports bear the responsibility of securing and storing their firearms safely when not in use. Safe storage protects you and the people around you. As a matter of fact, it is against the law to store, transport or abandon an unsecured firearm in a place where children are likely to obtain access to it.
Here are some safe gun storage principles to ensure that your firearm is secure and will be operational for your next outdoor adventure.
• Firearms must be stored unloaded. Make sure that the action is cleared, with the magazine removed or empty. Do not hesitate to ask a friend or hunting partner to verify the status of the firearm. Use a gun lock to render the action inoperable. Never rely on the gun’s safety to perform this function.
• Firearms should be cleaned after use with a light coat of oil before storing.
• Firearms should be stored in a cool, clean and dry gun cabinet or safe. Desiccants can be added to the gun safe to keep moisture at bay. Never store a gun in a scabbard or closed case because moisture can accumulate inside.
• Store guns horizontally or with the barrel down. This will keep the oil from accumulating in the action or softening the wood gunstock.
• Refrain from displaying guns in glass cabinets or wall racks as that can serve as an open invitation for the firearms to fall into the wrong hands.
• Always store ammunition in a cool, dry place to prevent corrosion, and keep it separate from firearms.
By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your family will be safe and that your firearm will be ready to use for your next hunting trip.