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To: ArrogantBustard
Based on some conversations with firearm newbies, the first rule (1. All guns are always loaded) is the only one that seems to require a bit more thought than the rest. If taken literally, things like cleaning and dry-fire practice would be off limits. And who wants to assume that all your guns are loaded when you need one to deal with a threat? The idea behind this rule is that one should use the same safe handling practices whether the gun is known to be loaded or not. Heck, we have a small novelty laser pointer (for driving the cats crazy) that is shaped like a handgun, yet I am still careful not to put my finger on the trigger (which activates the laser) until I know my head is clear and I understand exactly what is in my hand.

Good article!

13 posted on 03/02/2011 9:49:56 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Niteranger68
Based on some conversations with firearm newbies, the first rule (1. All guns are always loaded) is the only one that seems to require a bit more thought than the rest. If taken literally, things like cleaning and dry-fire practice would be off limits. And who wants to assume that all your guns are loaded when you need one to deal with a threat? The idea behind this rule is that one should use the same safe handling practices whether the gun is known to be loaded or not.

I've actually always heard this rule presented as "all guns are always loaded, unless proven otherwise". That gets over the ambiguity regarding cleaning, et. al.

40 posted on 03/02/2011 10:34:49 AM PST by kevkrom (De-fund Obamacare in 2011, repeal in 2013!)
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