Larry Pratt (Executive Director, Gun Owners of America) gives expert video advice on: Do guns come with safety training?; How important is gun safety?; What are gun safety rules? and more...
Do guns come with safety training?
Most people, when they get a Gun, get somebody to train them. It's either a family member who's been trained, or if people don't know anybody that could train them, a call to the nearest Gun store will take care of the problem, because they'll oftentimes offer classes, and even if they don't, they'll know who is qualified and certified to give training.
How important is gun safety?
Gun safety is as important as safety with an automobile or using a knife or anything else. When you have a dangerous object you want to treat it safely. And I think most people have the common sense to do that and they don't need the government to tell them.
What are gun safety rules?
Gun safety rules are essentially don't point the gun at anything that you don't want to shoot, don't put your finger on the trigger until you want to shoot, and before you do any of that make sure you know whether the gun is empty or loaded.
Where can I find gun safety classes?
Gun safety classes are generally avaiable through gun stores or in conjunction with gun stores. Some stores have ranges as past of their service to the public in metropolitian areas you find indoor shooting ranges available for that.
How much do gun safety classes cost?
Classes are pretty nominal really and to use a shooting range, maybe ten to fifteen dollars an hour, so it's not a burdensome expense and it's well worth your money.
How much training do I need before I can handle a firearm?
Most Gun classes that I'm aware of train people in an hour or two before they actually have them shoot the Gun. They will learn how to make sure the Gun is empty. They will practice various safe routines for handling the Gun. And then they will be taken out to a shoot under supervision.