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Safety and Education 

Safety is not only critical in handling firearms but in everyday life. The NRA offers resources and training to ensure the safe and effective use of firearms as well as personal safety. Training courses are available that teach proactive strategies to avoid dangerous situations, self-defense using a firearm, as well as protection inside and outside the home. Don't forget the NRA Gun Safety Rules below:

ALWAYS Keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage

ALWAYS Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

Rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun until you are actually ready to fire

ALWAYS Keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

Immediately engage the safety device when picking up a gun and remove the magazine before opening the action and checking that the chamber is clear of ammunition

NRA Gun Safety Rules

Whether you’re a parent in search of information about firearm safety in the home, a first-time gun owner, or an old pro looking to brush up on your firearm handling skills, the NRA is here to keep you and your family safe. Explore NRA’s fundamental rules of gun safety, as well as information how to safely store a gun and good cleaning practices.

Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules: STOP! Don’t touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

Eddie Eagle Treehouse

The Eddie Eagle Treehouse is a fun, safe place for kids to learn Eddie's life-saving message. At this kid-friendly website, children can watch the Eddie Eagle video, read through storybooks, join in sing-alongs, download coloring sheets and enjoy plenty of other fun activities reinforcing the gun safety message.

National School Shield

The National School Shield program is committed to addressing the many facets of school security, including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training, and policy.

Refuse To Be A Victim®

In 1993, the NRA responded to requests nationwide for crime prevention seminars by developing the Refuse To Be A Victim® program. The widely-supported program provides personal safety tips and techniques to help men and women of all ages avoid dangerous situations and becoming a victim.

Firearm Training

From beginner to developing competitor, the NRA Training Department develops safe, ethical, responsible shooters through a network of more than 125,000 instructors and range safety officers and coaches. NRA Training Counselors recruit and train instructors to teach NRA's basic firearm courses. NRA Coaches, in turn, develop competitors at the club, high school, collegiate and national levels.

NRA Online Training

Our web-based courses are the best and most convenient way for you to learn basic firearms safety, shooting techniques, personal defense strategies, or fulfill the requirements for obtaining a concealed carry permit in your state. Get started today!

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