So you’re finally going to the range, the gunsmith or you are day dreaming about buying a new LWRC rifle – whatever brings you in we are glad you went. During your visit, we would just like to remind you of one incredibly important thing. Guns are welcome on premises (duh) however please keep ALL weapons holstered unless need arises – in such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated! So keep it holstered there Huckleberry. Here at H&H, or any gun store for that matter, your firearm needs to stay in its holster, box, or range bag until you are out on the range at the firing line. Most, if not all, gun stores and ranges emphasize this policy, so whenever you pull out your firearm in the middle of the retail section you break the air of safety that we care so much about.
“Oh! Don’t worry its not like its loaded or anything.” Remember – The 1st Law: The Gun Is Always Loaded. Accidents can happen at anytime so we do as much as we can to mitigate the risks involved at a gun range.
“Oh don’t worry I’m very careful with it” Okay – that maybe true – but is everyone else careful? How do you know that the firearm is in good working condition, and not broken or damaged in some way to where it could accidentally discharge? Do you know if every one around you is careful? Maybe someone behind you could trip into you and make you drop it. Risk mitigation is every one’s job!
No one at any store wants to look down the business end of a firearm. It doesn’t matter if it is loaded or not. Lets all do our part for safety and remember to always treat every gun as if it is loaded. If you absolutely need to show us a firearm away from the firing line we do have a few options. If the gun that needs to be show is loaded in a holster then take it out onto the range. There, the firearm can be safely removed from your holster, range bag, or case, and locked with the chamber open.
Accidents happen quickly and no amount of “Sorry I didn’t mean it!” can undo what has been done. Always follow the 4 Laws of Gun Safety.