Important Firearm Safety Rules
Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger
Safe hunters always protect the trigger. Your finger should be inside the trigger guard and on the trigger only after you have identified your target - as well as what's in front of and beyond that target.
Only point the muzzle at something when you intend to take a shot
Never joke around with a firearm. Never use the scope on your firearm as binoculars and always maintain control over the direction that your firearm is pointing. Do not use the barrel of your firearm as a pointer for giving someone directions.
Avoid Alcohol and Drugs
A person's cognitive function and judgment become impaired with even a single drink. Never handle a firearm if you have been drinking, or are taking drugs (illegal or legal) that affect your mental status.