With Jesus' birthday yesterday, we know that boys and girls will be receiving gifts of outdoor equipment for Christmas. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I have enclosed the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety for those adults and youngsters that will be receiving a firearm for a present.
Remember: There is no such thing as an unloaded gun.
1. Treat every gun with the respect due a loaded gun.
2. Watch that muzzle. Be able to control the direction of the muzzle even if you should stumble.
3. Be sure barrel and action are clear of obstruction and that you have only ammunition of the proper size.
4. Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger. Know identifying features of the game you hunt.
5. Unload guns when not in use.
6. Never point a gun at anything you do not want to shoot; avoid all horseplay with a firearm.
7. Never climb a fence or tree or jump a ditch with a loaded gun; never pull a gun toward you by the muzzle.
8. Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water; at target practice be sure your baskstop is adequate.
9. Store guns and ammunition separately beyond the reach of children and careless adults.
10. Avoid alcoholic beverages before or during shooting.
Arnold Bull hosts “Wildlife Chatter” on WKBJ and has won numerous awards for his writing and television work. He can be reached at 476-4601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.