Quiz: Do You Know Enough About Gun Safety to Not Shoot Yourself in the Foot?
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Do You Know Enough About Gun Safety to Not Shoot Yourself in the Foot?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

Guns are vital tools for target shooting, hunting and, sometimes, warfare. No matter the purpose, firearms are one of the easiest ways to accidentally hurt yourself or someone else – particularly if you’re inattentive, reckless, or perhaps a little soft in the head. You can easily avoid being marked as an amateur, and prevent a life-altering tragedy, simply by practicing smart gun safety. In this quiz, do you think you know enough about firearms safety to avoid blowing off three of your toes?

There are about 270 million guns in America. And for everyone who has one, gun ownership is a full-time job of sorts. You must always know where your guns are secured, and you need to know where the ammo is, too. Because guns, as fun as they are, can be dangerous. 

In 2015, about 500 Americans died in accidental shootings, and in each of those statistics is a story that shattered families and caused heartbreak. Do you think you really understand your weapons well enough to prevent accidents?

For every unfortunate death, there are countless close calls. Accidental discharge, incorrect ammo, poor targeting habits and substance use all contributed to near disasters.

Draw a (careful) bead on this gun safety quiz now! Recalling these important tips could help you save a life.

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Bullets emerge from which part of a gun?
2.0 of 30
When is the only time you should touch the trigger with your finger?
3.0 of 30
What's a defining characteristic of a semi-automatic weapon?
4.0 of 30
Which part of the gun is meant to prevent accidental trigger pulls?
5.0 of 30
If you buy a brand-new gun, what should you do before you use it?
8.0 of 30
Before you shoot, you should pay careful attention to ______.
9.0 of 30
If your gun barrel is too long for your gun rack, what should you do?
10.0 of 30
Always point your gun in _____ direction.
11.0 of 30
What is the first thing you should check when you pick up a gun?
12.0 of 30
"_____ first. Shoot second."
15.0 of 30
True or false, are all gun ranges suitable for all types of weapons?
16.0 of 30
17.0 of 30
What's something you should do regularly with your gun?
18.0 of 30
What should you do if you encounter a firearm that features an action that's unfamiliar to you?
19.0 of 30
Where should you store your guns?
20.0 of 30
Which body part should you always protect before you start shooting?
21.0 of 30
Always treat every gun as though it is ______.
22.0 of 30
What should you do with ammo that's been submerged in water?
23.0 of 30
If you've taken a prescription drug with motor vehicle usage warnings, how should you approach your guns?
25.0 of 30
Which kind of ammunition should you use in your gun?
26.0 of 30
What's one problem that can affect guns that have been stored (and not fired) in months or years?
27.0 of 30
A bullet from a .30-06 can travel about how far?
28.0 of 30
What sort of glasses should you wear while shooting?
29.0 of 30
Using improper ammunition can cause personal harm. It may also do what?
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