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SHERIFF'S COLUMN: Gun safety, know it

Lexington, SC (Sheriff Jay Koon) - Firearm sales spiked this year. With more guns on the streets and in our homes, it’s important to remind residents and visitors about safe firearm practices.


  • Treat all guns as if they’re loaded, even if you think it is unloaded.

  • Keep your finger off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard until you are ready to point and shoot your firearm.

  • Always keep your guns in a safe and secure location, away from children and unexperienced people.

  • Use child safety locks and keep your ammunition stored separately from your firearm.

  • Teach your children what to properly do when they see a gun.

  • Always keep firearm muzzles pointed in safe directions—never toward yourself or another person. Point it only at what you intend to shoot.

  • Be aware of what is behind and around your target. Never fire at an unseen target.

  • Wear appropriate eye and ear protection when discharging firearm.

  • Know how to properly use your gun. Take a class. Practice shooting.

  • Familiarize yourself with all federal, state and local laws surrounding the purchase and possession of firearms.

  • Interested in legally carrying? Get your Concealed Weapon Permit from SLED. Know the laws surrounding CWPs.

  • When cleaning your gun, always remove the magazine and other sources of ammo. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and your finger off the trigger. Always visually inspect the chamber to ensure it is unloaded. Repeat this step twice.

  • Remember that your vehicle is not a mobile gun safe.

Focus on your responsibility as a gun owner; ensure you and your family are educated on and practice gun safety at all times.



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