Even something as simple as loading or unloading a firearm can result in tragedy if it isn’t done properly. To load a firearm safely:
- Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
- Open the action; make sure the barrel is unobstructed.
- Put the safety on if the firearm can be loaded with the safety on.
- Load the ammunition.
- Close the action.
- Put the safety on if you were not able to do so before loading.