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Posted on Newt Gingrich at 2012 NRA Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 02:35 PM

Hi Joe,
Firearms safety was instilled into my psyche by my 94 year old Dad when I was old enough to handle a firearm. In New York you have to take a Hunter’s Safety Course in order to obtain a license. Way back when it was 6 hrs. Now it’s a 3 day, 18 hour course. I belong to the oldest gun club in my area. Established in 1924. Membership there requires an 8 hr safety orientation as to RANGE SAFETY. They have a 200 yd “No Blue Sky” rifle range. That means it is constructed so that no rounds can leave the property in the event of a mishandled firearm. A Range Safety Officer is present at all times to control the firing line. If you violate the rules, you are asked to pack up and leave….PERIOD. You get “3 strikes”/year. If you’re stupid enough not to comply and “strike out”. Your membership is TERMINATED in purpetuity. We don’t want any “loose cannons”.
Same goes for the indoor/outdoor pistol ranges, indoor/outdoor archery ranges, and 3-D archery range. SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY! No person can go down range to check retrieve a target until ALL firearms are completely unloaded, actions open. At that point a flashing red light/klaxon is turned on. Then “CLEAR” is announced. ALL shooters have to step back behind a yellow line 5 feet from the firing positions until the last shooter comes back behind the safety line from checking paper, At that point the RSO turns off the alarm and gives the “Range Hot” command.

If a shooter remembers the some “basic” rules for safety accidents rarely happen.
1. Treat EVERY firearm as if it were loaded.
2. ALWAYS keep the muzzle pointed in a SAFE direction.
3. ALWAYS be sure of your target and what is behind it.
4. Be sure that your firearm is in good working order and that it is loaded with the proper ammunition. An obstructed barrel can lead to a catastrophic failure resulting in serious injury or even death.

The gun club has a bar. Their policy is “WHEN YOU HAVE HAD YOUR FIRST DRINK, YOU HAVE FIRED YOUR LAST SHOT!”
If you show up to shoot and you have been determined to have been drinking prior to your arrival, you’re asked to leave. ZERO TOLERANCE.

As for firearms cleaning, disassembly, and general care there are bunches of YouTube videos out there that are excellent. But here is where a reputable gun shop comes into play. If the sales people are knowledgable they can answer questions regarding these questions. That’s why Wal-Mart is no place to buy a gun unless you already have the skills. Some guns should only be disassembled by a gunsmith. A Browning A-5 shotgun comes to mind. Oh you can take the barrel off to clean it and clean out the receiver. But if you try to disassemble the receiver portion, you better have the tools and the skills. It’s just like today’s cars. I open the hood and just shake my head. Oil changes, tire rotation, and the air filter are about you can do. Maybe replace a bulb.

If people desire to own a handgun for “self defense”, they need to learn how to “put rounds on target”. Many gun clubs have what is known as “Practical Shooting” courses. There is even an organized league called IPSC.
Here your skills will be “honed” to the point where they become “instinctive”. Even to the “friend/foe” aspect.

The possession, care, use of a firearm requires extreme responsibility. The right is given, but the citizen has to take the steps in the right direction.

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