It's only natural to worry about your safety and want to do everything to keep yourself and your family out of harm's way. A firearm for the purpose of self-defense can help you protect your family, but you must be aware of all the firearm safety measures and practice them diligently.
While some people are eager to get their license to conceal carry in Riverside, it is essential to be mindful of the general safety tips and the safe storage of firearms to avoid jeopardizing your family's safety.
Here's what you need to know.
It should go without saying that you must keep the firearm in a secure location that is not accessible to children or anyone else who should not have access to it. We understand that quick access in case of an emergency is essential, but we don't recommend keeping the firearm under your mattress or in a drawer where it could be easily found. Also, don't keep a loaded firearm in the same safe as other ammunition or valuables.
Best practices dictate that you keep your loaded firearm in a dedicated safe that is easily accessible by you in the event of an emergency. For example, consider a quick-access safe with biometric fingerprint access or a radio frequency ID card that you can control. A key safe could be an option too, but it may be a bit harder to access in an emergency.
If you opt for a biometric safe, make sure to input your fingerprint at different angles to ensure access in a highly stressful situation. Do the same for your spouse or another person in your family you trust with accessing the firearm in the event of an emergency.
In the case of self-defense, a loaded and ready firearm, stored safely, is essential. Those seconds you need to access and load your firearm could make the difference between protecting your family or giving the intruder the upper hand. Generally speaking, any other firearms should be stored, unloaded, and locked with a safety lock and stored separately from ammunition.
Regardless of whether a firearm is stored, loaded, or unloaded, you should always make sure that you are in control of your firearms and that no vulnerable members of your family can access them.
Prevention is just as important as education in ensuring firearm safety. Teach your kids and other family members never to touch a firearm if they find one, regardless of whether it's in your house or another home. Teach them to be responsible and immediately look for an adult if they find a firearm. These four rules are rules to live by:
As responsible firearm owners, we all want to keep those around us safe. This means storing our self-defense firearms safely and learning how to use them correctly in different scenarios. You can always rely on Riverside CCW for teaching the fundamentals of safe firearm handling and advanced training and techniques for the experienced shooter.
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