Thursday, February 19, 2015

Firearms Safety

1.1 Treat firearms as if they are loaded
1.2 Point the muzzle away from non-targets
1.3 Keep fingers off the trigger
1.4 Be sure of the target and of what is beyond it

If officers always follow the firearms safety rules they are less likely to have a firearms related accident or negligent discharge.  If you treat all firearms as if they are loaded, then you don't make the assumption that the gun is unloaded when it is loaded.

If officers keep the muzzle pointed away from non-targets, if the gun does discharge then any rounds will not directly hit a person.  The concept of keeping the muzzle in a safe direction is a final protection if the firearm discharges unintentionally.

If officers keep their fingers off the trigger they are unlikely to have the weapon discharge.  The vast majority of firearms discharges are due to the trigger being pulled.  Sometimes a sympathetic grip as an officer starts to fall or struggle may cause a finger to tighten and pull a trigger.  Follow the rules of firearms safety; that's what the SGT Says.

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