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Personal firearm safety awareness is intended to minimize or eliminate risks associated with unintended injury, death, or damage caused by improper handling, storage or possession of a firearm. Here are some basic universal firearm safety tips:
  1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. This rule prevents injury or damage while you are handling or transferring possession of a weapon. When you pick up a weapon, examine it and make sure it is unloaded. When you receive a weapon, never assume it is safe; check the chamber to make sure it isn't loaded.
  2. Never point a weapon at anything you don't intend to shoot. This rule enforces awareness of the direction the muzzle is pointing and positive identification of targets.
  3. Keep your trigger finger straight and off the trigger. This rule keeps you from firing a weapon by mistake and reinforces Rule #2.
  4. Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire. This rule enforces the use of safety features and reinforces positive identification of your target.
The Naval Safety Command encourages all to not let our guard down in our collective efforts to educate about risk and understand behaviors that contribute to firearm safety related mishaps.

Firearm Safety Awareness Presentation (14 mb)

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2021 - LL 21-13 - Afloat Negligent Discharges
2021 - LL 21-10 - On-Duty Firearms Mishaps (Episode V)
2020 - LL 20-06 - Off-Duty Firearms (and a crossbow...)
2019 - LL 19-16 - Off-Duty Firearms
2018 - LL 18-15 - Navy Off-Duty Firearms

2018 - LL 18-03 - USMC Off-Duty Firearms