When we say “smart” we do not mean being “digitally aware”. What we mean is “being responsible”. Simply answer these questions to figure out how responsible a gun owner you are.

  1. Have you taken a gun education and safety class?

Legally speaking, you may or may not be required to take this class, but it is in the best interest of all new gun owners to attend this session. The aim is to arm you with crucial information about your weapon and gun safety- how to use it clean it, and store it safely.

  1. How securely are your guns stored?

“Securing” guns does not mean stashing them away in the closet, under the bed, or in drawers in the bedroom. It means putting them out of sight, with some kind of locking mechanism or security system, like in gun safes, hidden gun shelves, or gun concealment furniture. 

  1. Where are the keys to the gun storage?

Simply hiding the guns is not enough. You need to make sure that you don't give the access to the hidden gun storage to anyone irresponsible. Do not place the RFID card or fob that came with the gun storage in glaringly evident spots. Curiosity kills the cat, and in case of guns, curiosity can very well kill kids too.

  1. Are all your guns unloaded? 

It is more than important to store your weapons unloaded. Loaded firearms carry a high degree of risk, particularly in terms of burglars and unsuspecting children. 

  1. How often do you clean your guns? 

Cleaning your guns regularly also makes you a responsible gun owner. That is because it ensures that your gun is well-maintained and that greatly contributes to gun safety. A well-maintained gun reduces the chances of accidents and malfunction and keeps the gun ready to use.

  1. How aware are you of your state gun laws?

Gun laws vary from state to state. You need to know the gun laws in your state and in case you are traveling or moving to another state, you need to know the gun laws of all the states that you will pass through. This is important to keep you on the right side of the law. 

  1. Do you brag about your guns?

As much of a prized possession as they are, guns should not be bragged about. No one really needs to know about the type or the number of guns you own. With gun theft on the rise, it is important to keep such information confidential and bragging is a complete no-no. 

We hope you managed to answer these questions without having to cringe too much. If there was some cringing involved, it's time to get into action and work on the pointers. Action taken is lives saved.