North Carolina citizens who keep a gun in the house should learn a few safety tips to avoid accidents and educate kids.

Homeowners have a number of reasons for keeping a firearm in the house, from home security to hunting. No matter the reason, North Carolina citizens should brush up on a few tips so they know how to keep a gun in the house safely so no one is accidentally hurt. Such information can go a long way in staying on the right side of the law and keeping avoidable disasters at bay.

Keep the gun in a safe or lock.

This one often goes without saying but is most certainly worth adding to the list. All firearms should be securely stored in a safe or outfitted with a lock. Locks and safes are especially essential if there are children in the house, who are often curious and unaware of the dangers of firearms present when not used properly or safely. It is also a good practice to store firearms and ammo separately.

Know the proper way to handle guns.

When guns are out of their safes or unlocked, owners should know how to handle them. For instance, the muzzle of a gun should always be pointed in a safe direction, which is to say aimed somewhere so that even if the gun were to accidentally discharge, no one would be harmed. Anyone handling a gun should also keep her or his finger off the trigger until the individual is ready to fire. All other times the finger should be on the trigger guard.

Make sure kids know what to do if they encounter a gun.

Gun owners who have children in the house or have children who visit should teach them what to do if they come across a gun. Specifically, kids should immediately stop what they are doing and be sure they do not touch the gun before leaving the gun exactly where it is to inform an adult of what they found.

Know how the firearm works.

Even someone who has been around guns all her or his life should be sure to read the manual that comes with every gun. Different models could come with new and unfamiliar features, making it essential that gun owners know how those features work to avoid accidents. Specifically, it is best to understand how the firearm action works and how to take out the magazine and ammo from the gun.

While the above tips are sure to come in handy for North Carolina gun owners, accidents and mistakes are still entirely possible. Should such an accident or mistake be serious enough, it is best to turn to a defense attorney for professional legal help.

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