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Firearm Storage

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Firearm safety rules apply at all times—not just when you are hunting. Firearms that are brought into the home or camp must be properly stored to reduce the risk of injury to children or others. Follow the guidelines below to ensure the safe storage of firearms and ammunition.

list bullet Store firearms and ammunition separately and under lock and key.
list bullet Make sure firearms are stored unloaded. PROVE them safe.
list bullet  Have family members attend a hunter education class to learn firearm safety, even if they don't hunt.
list bullet Consider using trigger locks and other similar devices to make firearms safer during storage. In some jurisdictions they are required by law.
list bullet  Know and follow the firearm storage laws for your state or province. Firearm owners are legally responsible for the proper and safe storage of their firearms 24 hours per day.

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