To effectively and safely use your firearm, whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced shooter, we recommend that you practice using your new gun, wear safety equipment, take a professional gun training and safety course, and store your handgun or rifle in a gun safe. If you have taken the time to purchase a firearm it makes good gun sense to invest the same amount of time or more to keep you and your family safe. Parents or guardians also need to be sure their child is fully aware of all gun safety rules. Important gun safety tips for children, and adults alike, can be found on our blog.
The NRA website also includes links to NRA-certified courses, but you can find handgun and rifle instruction courses and classes in firearm safety in the Sonoma County area. We recommend courses by local Firearm Safety Instructor Dave Adams. You can also find gun practice programs at local gun clubs and via sites such as the California Handgun Safety Certificate Program.
We also live by The Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety:
- Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- Watch that muzzle! Be able to control the direction of the muzzle at all times.
- Be sure the barrel and action are clear of obstructions.
- Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.
- Unload guns when not in use.
- Never point a gun at anything you do not intend to shoot.
- Never climb a fence or tree or jump a ditch with a loaded gun.
- Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or at water.
- Store guns and ammunition separately, beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and mind altering drugs before or during shooting.
You can always get out to a range as well for target practice and this is a good idea no matter your skill level. A number of good local ranges are listed on our Resources page.
In addition, if you’re a hunter, be sure to check out the Hunting and Shooting Resources page for information on hunting safety classes, local practice ranges, and other helpful links for hunting and shooting in Sonoma County and throughout Northern California.
Bottom line: We promote gun safety in our store and in our own lives, and we think our efforts help prevent the impression that people who own guns are not safe. We know we are safe, and we want everyone to know that you are too.