History UsefulNotes / GunSafety

11th Jan '17 5:49:36 AM jtgibson
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** Additionally, if you choose to open carry, don't be a dick. There are lots of stereotypes about open carry proponents, almost all of them negative, and subverting them goes a long way towards public acceptance of the practice. First off, don't be an attention whore - people can already see that you're carrying, you don't need to prance around showing it off or take a selfie or group photo every ten minutes. Carry clean, too - holstered or zipped is fine, but carrying longarm at low ready makes cops and civilians nervous, makes ''you'' look like a bellicose douchebag, and is just completely unacceptable in general. Above all, however, ''be nice''. Be polite, be personable, and be willing to acquiesce or compromise for the comfort of others if needed. If asked by a business owner or employee to leave your weapon outside or leave altogether, do so and do not become argumentative or belligerent. If insulted by someone on the street, don't respond with rudeness or aggression. Kill them with kindness and make them look like an unreasonable asshole. Open carry is a polarizing issue that many people carry strong opinions about, and the least you can do is represent your side well.

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** Additionally, if you choose to open carry, don't be a dick. There are lots of stereotypes about open carry proponents, almost all of them negative, and subverting them goes a long way towards public acceptance of the practice. First off, don't be an attention whore - people can already see that you're carrying, you don't need to prance around showing it off or take a selfie or group photo every ten minutes. Carry clean, too - holstered or zipped is fine, but carrying longarm at low ready makes cops and civilians nervous, makes ''you'' look like a bellicose douchebag, and is just completely unacceptable in general. Above all, however, ''be nice''. Be polite, be personable, and be willing to acquiesce or compromise for the comfort of others if needed. If asked by a business owner or employee to leave your weapon outside or leave altogether, do so and do not become argumentative or belligerent. If insulted by someone on the street, don't respond with rudeness or aggression. Kill them with kindness (that is to say, figuratively) and make them ''them'' look like an unreasonable asshole. Open carry is a polarizing issue that many people carry strong opinions about, and the least you can do is represent your side well.
18th Dec '16 5:36:48 PM Dialh
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* In the FamousLastWords of Terry Kath of Chicago fame: [[TemptingFate "Don't worry, guys. It isn't even loaded. See?"]][[labelnote:context]]Kath was cleaning his gun and had removed the magazine. He was goofing around with the gun and put it to his temple. He had intended to dry-fire it as a joke, but did not realize that even though the magazine had been removed, there was still a cartridge chambered and ready to fire.[[/labelnote]] (Lest you laugh: [[http://161.203.16.4/d20t9/143619.pdf this 1991 study]] found 23 percent of fatal gun accidents resulted from people treating loaded guns as unloaded.[[labelnote:Dallas Gun and Knife Show Jan 5th 2014]] Think your gun is unloaded? Here's a [[http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/why-gun-accidents-in-america-are-so.html jar full of bullets]] the Dallas Gun and Knife show found in "unloaded" guns in their Jan 5th 2014 show[[/labelnote]])

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* In the FamousLastWords of Terry Kath of Chicago fame: [[TemptingFate "Don't worry, guys. It isn't even loaded. See?"]][[labelnote:context]]Kath was cleaning his gun and had removed the magazine. He was goofing around with the gun and put it to his temple. He had intended to dry-fire it as a joke, but did not realize that even though the magazine had been removed, there was still a cartridge chambered and ready to fire.[[/labelnote]] (Lest you laugh: [[http://161.203.16.4/d20t9/143619.pdf this 1991 study]] found 23 percent of fatal gun accidents resulted from people treating loaded guns as unloaded.[[labelnote:Dallas Gun and Knife Show Jan 5th 2014]] Think your gun is unloaded? Here's a [[http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/why-gun-accidents-in-america-are-so.html [[https://dallasnews.imgix.net/cbc_dallas_0110met005.JPG?w=724&h=500&auto=format&q=60&fit=clip jar full of bullets]] the Dallas Gun and Knife show found in "unloaded" guns in their Jan 5th 2014 show[[/labelnote]])
20th Nov '16 12:01:35 PM BiffJr
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** Even if you ''don't'' have a weapon, never reach into your clothes unless directed or under your car seat around police - there have been too many unpleasant incidents of jumpy, untrained cops making rash assumptions. It shouldn't be like that, but it is - guns can grant the holder with a false sense of security and power - and it's something that could just as easily happen if ''you're'' the one with the gun.

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** Even if you ''don't'' have a weapon, never reach into your clothes unless directed or under your car seat around police - there have been too many unpleasant incidents of jumpy, untrained cops jumpy copps making rash assumptions. It shouldn't be like that, but it is - guns can grant the holder with a false sense of security and power - and it's something that could just as easily happen if ''you're'' the one with the gun.
30th Sep '16 11:02:02 AM PatPayne
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* Obviously firing blanks is a different situation, although you should be aware that discharging a firearm in city limits is often a crime whatever the type of ammunition. If your line of work deals with discharging firearms within an earshot of the public, you ''must'' call your local police department and inform them what you're doing. However blanks are ''not'' guaranteed safe. There have been numerous cases of individuals being killed by the discharged wadding from a blank cartridge, such as the late actor Jon-Erik Hexum. Treat blanks the way you would a live round.

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* Obviously firing blanks is a different situation, although you should be aware that discharging a firearm in city limits is often a crime whatever the type of ammunition. If your line of work deals with discharging firearms within an earshot of the public, you ''must'' call your local police department and inform them what you're doing. However blanks are ''not'' guaranteed safe. There have been numerous cases of individuals being killed by the discharged wadding from a blank cartridge, such as the late actor Jon-Erik Hexum.Hexum, or [[Film/TheCrow Brandon Lee]]. Treat blanks the way you would a live round.
24th Sep '16 8:31:55 PM PixelKnight
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# Treat a gun as if it's always loaded, especially when it's not. You'd be surprised how many people were buried after being shot by a gun they or the person who shot them ''knew'' was empty. Even if you just took it apart and reassembled it and know that it's 100% unquestionably empty, it's loaded. If nothing else, it keeps you in a good habit.\\

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# Treat a gun as if it's always loaded, especially when it's not."not". You'd be surprised how many people were buried after being shot by a gun they or the person who shot them ''knew'' was empty. Even if you just took it apart and reassembled it and know that it's 100% unquestionably empty, it's loaded. If nothing else, it keeps you in a good habit.\\
10th Sep '16 9:27:12 AM CalvinSchwa
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In (way too many) gun stores they have a large closed pickle jar on the counter with pieces of ammunition inside. No, these are not free samples. They are the rounds that are discovered in guns that people bring in to sell or have maintenance or repairs on that the weapon's owner ''assured the sales clerk they checked the weapon and it was was empty''.

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In (way too many) gun stores they have a large closed pickle jar on the counter with pieces of ammunition inside. No, these are not free samples. They are the rounds that are discovered in guns that people bring in to sell or have maintenance or repairs on that the weapon's owner ''assured the sales clerk they checked the weapon and it was was empty''.
27th Aug '16 11:46:21 AM Tightwire
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3. After the incident, call the police if you haven't already. You want to notify them of what you look like so they don't shoot you, mistaking you for the perp.

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3. After the incident, call the police - ''again'', if you haven't already. already did. You want to notify them of what happened, and what you look like so they don't shoot you, mistaking you for the perp.



4th Aug '16 1:46:19 AM CutePenguin123
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* '''NEVER EVER EVER indulge in GunTwirling'''! It violates some of the most important rules on this list (You can't keep your finger off the trigger, you can't control where the barrel is pointed and so on). When you see this trick done in films and TV it's almost certainly being done with a replica or otherwise non-functional gun. If you try this with a real gun then anybody in your vicinity would be a potential target. Including yourself. You do not want a DarwinAward.

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* '''NEVER EVER EVER indulge in GunTwirling'''! It violates some of the most important rules on this list (You can't keep your finger off the trigger, you can't control where the barrel is pointed and so on). When you see this trick done in films and TV it's almost certainly being done with a replica or otherwise non-functional gun. If you try this with a real gun then anybody in your vicinity would be a potential target. Including yourself.[[HoistByHisOwnPetard yourself]]. You do not want a DarwinAward.
25th Jun '16 3:21:05 PM Tdarcos
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There are (way too many) gun stores that have a large pickle jar with pieces of ammunition on the counter. No, these are not free samples. They are the rounds that are discovered in guns that people bring in to sell or have maintenance or repairs on that the weapon's owner assured the sales clerk was empty.

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There are In (way too many) gun stores that they have a large closed pickle jar on the counter with pieces of ammunition on the counter.inside. No, these are not free samples. They are the rounds that are discovered in guns that people bring in to sell or have maintenance or repairs on that the weapon's owner assured ''assured the sales clerk they checked the weapon and it was empty.was empty''.
25th Jun '16 3:18:52 PM Tdarcos
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# Treat a gun as if it's always loaded, especially when it's not. You'd be surprised how many people were buried after being shot by a gun they or the person who shot them ''knew'' was empty. Even if you just took it apart and reassembled it and know that it's 100% unquestionably empty, it's loaded. If nothing else, it keeps you in a good habit.

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# Treat a gun as if it's always loaded, especially when it's not. You'd be surprised how many people were buried after being shot by a gun they or the person who shot them ''knew'' was empty. Even if you just took it apart and reassembled it and know that it's 100% unquestionably empty, it's loaded. If nothing else, it keeps you in a good habit.\\
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