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By Jason J. Brown
Americans are purchasing firearms at a historic rate, with more than 27 million NICS background checks performed in 2016, the closest indicator of gun sales in the U.S. Gun ownership is a great responsibility, entailing not only a well-formed understanding of the basic rules of gun safety while shooting, but at all times. Gun safety is never more important than inside your own home.
Even if you don’t own a firearm and have no plans to buy one, family members and friends may have guns in their homes that you might visit. Despite plans to never use a gun, it’s always a good idea to learn what to do if you encounter a firearm in order to stay safe.
The NRA has taught more than 29 million American youth what to do if they find a unsecured gun through the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program, adults should also know how to properly handle a gun, load and unload it, perform basic maintenance, and safely store it so unauthorized persons can’t access it.
NRA’s Home Firearm Safety Course is the leading resource to provide safe gun handling and storage fundamentals, and is the perfect education for gun and non-gun owners. The course requires no time on the range, and can be accomplished in as little as four hours.
NRA Certified Instructors, the leading authorities on firearm training in the U.S., teach students theNRA three rules of safe gun handling, explore the types and basic function of firearms, and discuss primary causes of firearm-related accidents.
Students will also learn about gun parts, ammunition, basic gun cleaning and care, and provide hands-on training on how to safely unload select types of guns. Each participant receives the NRA Home Firearm Safety handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure, Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, and a course completion certificate.
The shooting sports are an integral part of the fabric of the American lifestyle, and it shows now more than ever in the number of people buying in. Even if you’re not a shooter, understanding the basics about gun safety can help you keep yourself or your loved ones safe should you encounter a gun. Gun safety isn’t just for gun owners – it’s a critical skill for everyone.
No one understands firearm safety, training and education better than the National Rifle Association, and through the Home Firearm Safety Course, we continue our proud tradition of teaching Americans how to be safe with and around guns.
Our network of more then 128,000 NRA Certified Instructors offer the Home Firearm Safety Course at locations nationwide. To find a course near you or discover other NRA Training programs, visit the NRA Training portal.