The Washington County Sheriff’s Office recommends professional training for anyone who wants to possess a firearm.
If you have guns in the home and you have children educate them about gun safety. Rather than just telling them to stay away from the gun cabinet, the Sheriff recommends having a more detailed discussion, and answering children's questions. Establish rules for your children to stay away from the guns, and let them know that these rules also apply to their friends.
When shooting, choose targets that are away from people and from anything else that can be dangerous or harmful. Also be fully aware of what is on the other side of the target.
Wear ear and eye protection when shooting your firearm. The noise is loud enough to cause hearing impairment. Debris is sometimes discharged from the gun, and this can cause injury to the eyes.
Drugs / Alcohol
Do not use a firearm while you are under the influence of alcohol or any type of drugs, even those prescribed by a doctor. The slightest bit of impairment can cause injury or death.
Firearms should be stored unloaded and in a locked safe place at all times when not in use.