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Basic Rules

  1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. This rule prevents injury or damage while you are handling or transferring possession of a weapon. When you pick up a weapon, examine it and make sure it is unloaded. When you receive a weapon, never assume it is safe; check the chamber to make sure it isn't loaded.
  2. Never point a weapon at anything you don't intend to shoot. This rule enforces awareness of the direction the muzzle is pointing and positive identification of targets.
  3. Keep your trigger finger straight and off the trigger. This rule keeps you from firing a weapon by mistake and reinforces Rule #2.
  4. Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire. This rule enforces the use of safety features and reinforces positive identification of your target.

Safeguarding Personal Firearms

Keep firearms out of the reach of children, young adults and people with special needs (people who cannot live independently and/or who require support from caregivers).

Persons with felony convictions are not allowed by law to possess firearms.

Keep firearms unloaded when not in use.

Keep firearms and ammunition stored in separate, lockable locations such as a gun-storage cabinet, locker, weapons safe, gun rack with locks, or a portable carrying case with lock.

Safeguard firearms when you take them out of your house and while transporting them.

Always use a trigger lock when a firearm isn't being used.

NKO Training -- A personal firearms-safety course is available as E-Learning (Catalog #/Course ID CSF-PFS-010). All Navy military personnel are strongly encouraged to complete the personal firearms safety course. Training recommendations are listed in OPNAVINST 5100.25C, the Navy Recreation and Off-Duty Safety Program.

Personal Firearms Safety Article 
NRA Safety Guidance
Child Safety | Cleaning Firearms 

Posters ("Last Word Heard" and "Gun Safety") -- These posters are available for order. Email us at with the name of the poster and the quantity you would like.Include your command's mailing address.



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