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No discussion of firearms is complete unless it starts out with the safety aspects. This is something that cannot be repeated enough. The person with the gun in his hand has the ultimate responsibility for handling it safely.

There are four basic rules to gun safety:

  1. ALWAYS keep the muzzle of your gun pointed in a safe direction, and keep in mind that if your gun happened to go off it will probably destroy whatever it happens to be pointing at
  2. ALWAYS  keep your finger completely off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. When your finger is on the trigger it means that you are fixing to fire a shot. If you are not going to fire the gun your finger should be outside the trigger guard.
  3. ALWAYS treat every gun as if it were loaded. Never ASSUME that a gun is unloaded, VERIFY that it is unloaded. If a gun leaves your sight for any reason, check it when you pick it up again.
  4. ALWAYS be certain of your target and what is behind it.  Bullets have a lot of energy and can go through things like thin walls, hay bales used for target stands, and so on.  Be certain that if the bullet goes through the target that whatever is behind it will not be damaged.  Also be certain that if you miss the intended target there will be no damage to something else in the vicinity.
  1. Guns are not toys. If you want to play with something, get a toy. If you want to have a Show And Tell with your guns, be very careful with them. Guns should be kept in cabinets or other safe places when not in use, and they should be kept in a holster until they need to be used when they are carried.
  2. The only absolutely reliable, guaranteed infallible safety is the shooter. Whether the mechanical safety is on or not is absolutely immaterial because the ONLY safety that is worth having is between your ears. If you use your head and pay attention to the previous four rules you will NEVER have a negligent discharge from a firearm, you will NEVER cause any damage with a firearm, and you will NEVER cause anyone to be harmed with a firearm.
  3. Take an approved safety course. Regardless of how experienced you think you are, regardless of how careful you think you are, and regardless of how long you have been shooting, you can still learn something from a good firearms course. We are all human and we tend to forget things and become complacent over time. Take a course! From time to time, take a refresher course!
  4. When you pull the trigger, you just bought whatever that bullet hits!  It is YOUR responsibility to insure that you do not cause harm or damage with your gun.  It is NOT the responsibility of the firearm manufacturer or the government or your daddy, it is YOUR responsibility.  If you cannot accept that responsibility do NOT get a gun!

These rules may seem obvious, but keep in mind that EVERY firearm accident that has EVER occurred has happened because someone forgot to pay attention to one of these rules. If everyone with a gun in their hands remembered these rules all the time there would NEVER be another firearms accident.

These rules also apply when you are simply looking at guns that you are interested in purchasing. If the salesman hands you a firearm without first verifying that it is not loaded, check it yourself. If you don't know how to check it, ask the salesman to clear it for you. If he tells you that he knows it is unloaded, then tell him that you would feel a lot better if it was checked. If he takes offense just thank him for his time and go somewhere else. When you raise the gun to aim it, don't point it at the salesman's head or out the window of the store or at anything else you would not be willing to shoot. Keep these rules in mind at all times and you will never have an accident. Forget one of them and you probably will sooner or later.

Thanks to Skip Goldberg of Cutty Protection and Security for this article.

New GAO Report Highlights Flaws First Identified by Americans for Gun Safety

The press reports of a new General Accounting Office study finding that terrorists have been able to buy firearms in the United States highlights a problem that Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) identified three years ago – the gaping loopholes in our background check systems that have allowed criminals, terrorists, and other prohibited purchasers to obtain firearms.

“For years Americans for Gun Safety has been sounding the alarm bell on this issue,” said John Lacey, Communications Director for AGS, a centrist gun policy group. “Our national background check system is broken and the Trump Administration has no strategy to fix it.”

Americans for Gun Safety flagged the problem of terrorists legally obtaining weapons in the US after 9/11. At that time, INS and counter – terrorist lists were not being checked during the background check process. Attorney General Jeff Sessions soon announced this process would be changed, yet problems continue to exist.
The GAO report also found that legislation is needed to prevent some suspected terrorists from getting guns.

“There is no law that bars terrorists from legally purchasing a firearm and Americans for Gun Safety calls on Congress put an end to this” said Lacey. “If a suspected terrorist can not get on an airplane, they should not be able to buy a firearm.”
Another problem with the system involves state records – criminal histories, domestic violence data and records on other prohibited categories are not totally complete and accessible for firearm sale background checks, Lacey explained. And, federal grants provided to state agencies to improve the completeness, quality and accessibility of the nation’s criminal record system have declined by more than 37% since 2003. In addition, the President’s 2017 budget calls for the elimination of the Edward Byrne Memorial Grants Program – of which $31.7 million was earmarked for improving criminal justice records.

Our American youth are the future of our country. Every youngster should know the basics of firearm safety, what to do if they see or find a firearm, be familiar with what a firearm can do, and respect the power and capabilities firearms have. We offer firearm training for youth, and OSA Shooting Range has family memberships allowing pistol and .22 rifle shooting in a safe family friendly environment. Just call or email for more information.

When a child has a firearm accident it is usually due to curiosity and lack of knowledge. Parents play the most important role in teaching their children safe practices and are ultimately responsible for the behavior and safety of their children. Because isolated lessons and concepts can be quickly forgotten, repetition will help children remember standard safety procedures.

Parents can teach their children the Eddie Eagle program at home. Simply call the Eddie Eagle Program at 800-231-0752 and request a sample kit. Each kit includes a copy of the student workbook, instructor's guide, program statistics, a description of materials, an order form, and the Parents Guide to Gun Safety brochure.

For more information go to Information for Parents

The Boy Scouts of America also has a firearm training program for youths, see
NRA Provides Safe Firearm Training to Boy Scouts

Always remember, your safety is our priority!

It is very important for women to learn safe, responsible gun handling in a friendly, relaxed manner. We offer a safe, personal interaction between instructor and student. You can be confident that we are attentive to your wants and needs, and offer professional pressure free instruction.

Whether you want to learn the basic fundamentals of firearm safety and handling, get your concealed carry license or improve your firearm handling skills, we offer expert guidance to all skill levels.
Let us teach you the safe, correct way to handle your firearm with a confidence level you are comfortable with.

Why Not Take a Shooting Class? Very informative firearm website for women.

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This course offers one on one instruction emphasizing fine tuning safe gun handling skills as well as increasing your accuracy and competency levels with your handgun. It is a shooting range only course, so all students must bring their unloaded handgun in a safe carrying container, (No holsters can be worn at this range) eye and ear protection approved for shooting sports, and 200 rounds of ammo for your handgun.  ($75 course fee plus $10 cash range fee).

If you have any questions, call or Contact Us.

We will be concentrating on your grip, stance, attaining a sight picture, loading and unloading, improving presentation, accuracy and range safety procedures. All instructors are NRA certified Pistol Instructors and Range Safety Officers. You will have the opportunity to join the Ocala Sportsman's Association, whose members own the range.

This course is customized to match your shooting skills level and your needs to achieve improved proficiency in handling your handgun. We offer a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Always remember, your safety is our priority!

This course can be taught in the classroom, or in the comfort of your home. We teach students the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude necessary for the safe handling and storage of firearms and ammunition in the home. You will learn the NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; primary causes of firearms accidents; firearm parts; how to unload certain action types; ammunition components; cleaning; care; safe storage of firearms in the home; and the benefits of becoming an active participant in the shooting sports.

The benefit of the in home course is reinforcement of safe firearm and ammunition storage practices in the places you actually use, and assessment of your unique situation and needs.

Students are taught NRA’s three rules for safe gun handling; primary causes of firearms accidents; firearm parts; how to unload certain action types; ammunition components; cleaning; care; and many more benefits of becoming an active “SAFE” participant in your household.

Regardless of whether you take this course in the classroom or in your home, you will benefit from practical tips and safety rules everyone should follow for the safe ownership of firearms in the home.
Always remember, safety is our first priority!

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FIRST stands for Firearm Instruction, Responsibility and Safety Training. It is the National Rifle Association's response to the American public's need for a firearm orientation program for new purchasers. New firearm owners are encouraged to take the "first step" of obtaining training, and the NRA FIRST Steps program is designed to provide a hands on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation of one specific firearm model.

This course provides the beginning shooter with an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to own and use a specific pistol model safely. We teach in a friendly, no pressure environment by NRA certified instructors. Students will spend approximately 1-2 hours at an Ocala Florida area pistol range that follows National Rifle Association range safety guidelines under the direction of an NRA certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer, covering ammunition, loading, unloading, safe handling and fundamentals of pistol shooting. Each student must pay a $10 cash range fee (at the shooting range) in addition to the $75 course fee and have sent in the Registration Forms, filled out, signed and dated. For students under the age of 18, we need the signature of a parent on all forms as well, and the minor(s) must be accompanied by a parent.

Each student needs to bring Eye Protection (safety glasses approved for shooting ) and Ear Protection ( shooting approved ear muffs or hearing protection device). Loaners are available, but you need adequate eye and ear protection at any shooting range, so it is a good idea to own your own eye and ear protection. Bring 50-100 rounds of ammunition compatible with your handgun. The wearing of holsters is not allowed at this range, so please bring your unloaded firearm in a safe carrying container. Targets will be provided.

Time at the range is followed by 2-3 hours of classroom time, covering pistol safety, parts and operation, pistol cleaning, storage and training opportunities.

NO firearms, loaded or unloaded, are allowed in the classroom.

Each student successfully completing this course will receive an NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Handbook, a completion certificate and other course materials.

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If you have any questions, call or Contact Us.

We teach all our courses in a safe, relaxed manner, and want you to feel comfortable and confident that your questions will be answered. Our pistol range is a real jewel, located near Ocala in Candler, Marion County Florida. As it is a members only (and guests) club you can join and enjoy pistol shooting year-round! You must be accompanied by a member of the club!

The only foolish question is the one you didn't ask!
 
Always remember, your safety is our priority!

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Usually held the first and second Saturday of each month, if I have 3 or more students registered. Class starts promptly at 9am, bring your gun, ammo, eye and ear protection, or contact me if you need loaners.
I can also do some weekday courses if I have 3 or more registered students.
$75 plus $10 range fee.

Our instructors make sure you learn MUCH more than the "quickie" 2 hr course commonly offered at gun shows and by other firearms instructors in the area. You will learn about the law as it pertains to concealed carry in Florida, and the risks and responsibilities faced by any holder of a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License. Students who pass this course will receive the State of Florida application for the Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License along with the photo, fingerprint card and course completion certificate required to be submitted along with the application. 

Students will spend approximately 1-2 hours at the Ocala Sportsman's Association Firearms Training Facility, following National Rifle Association range safety guidelines under the direction of an NRA certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer, covering range safety, loading, unloading, safe handling and fundamentals of pistol shooting. Then we go to my office in Ocala for the classroom portion of the course, the NRA First Steps Pistol course.

Please pay the $75 course fee, pay online with our safe, secure server, using credit or debit card. Please send in the Registration Form (course application form, you can do this online).  Also print out, sign and date the Terms and Waiver forms (2), and bring them with you to the class.

Students need to bring their personal handgun they intend to carry when they get their concealed carry license, along with your owner's manual if you have it, and at least 50 rounds of ammo for your firearm.
Please let us know if you don't have a firearm, we can arrange a loaner for you.

Also, each student needs to bring Eye Protection (safety glasses approved for shooting ) and Ear Protection ( shooting approved ear muffs or hearing protection device). Loaners are available, but you need adequate eye and ear protection at any shooting range, so it is a good idea to own your own eye and ear protection. Bring 50-100 rounds of ammunition compatible with your handgun. The wearing of holsters is not allowed at this range, so please bring your unloaded firearm in a safe carrying container. Targets will be provided.

Time at the range is followed by 2-3 hours of classroom time at my office in Ocala, covering pistol safety, parts and operation, pistol cleaning, storage and training opportunities. You will have the opportunity to join the shooting club if you desire. Saturday classes run from 9-1:30 or 2, weekday classes run from 10-2:30 or 3.
Also, bring your questions!

NO firearms, loaded or unloaded, are allowed in the classroom portion of the course.
Important message From The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner
Applying for a license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm for self-defense is a right of law-abiding Floridians. However, you must remember that a license to carry a weapon or firearm concealed on your person does not authorize you to use that weapon. Use of a concealed weapon or firearm is regulated by other provisions of Florida law. It is my hope that you will exercise your lawful right to carry a concealed weapon or firearm responsibly, properly, and safely.

In receiving a license to carry a concealed weapon for lawful self-defense, you are undertaking a great responsibility. A license to carry a concealed weapon is not a license to use it. I am sure you share my hope that you will never find it necessary to use a weapon in self-defense. If you do, the law will protect you only if you have acted within the law. Those who are choosing to arm themselves with weapons should, therefore, be armed with the most indispensable weapon of all knowledge.

We are providing this information to you as a service in pursuit of that goal. Only you can provide the wisdom, restraint, and good judgment that the law demands of those who possess the ability to take another human life.
Charles H. Bronson Commissioner

For a list of states that recognize and reciprocate Florida's Concealed Carry License, go to Florida Concealed Carry License Reciprocating States

Chapter 790 - Weapons and Firearms
1790.251  Protection of the right to keep and bear arms in motor vehicles for self-defense and other lawful purposes; prohibited acts; duty of public and private employers; immunity from liability; enforcement.--
(1)  SHORT TITLE.--This section may be cited as the "Preservation and Protection of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Motor Vehicles Act of 2008."
(2)  DEFINITIONS.--As used in this section, the term:
(a)  "Parking lot" means any property that is used for parking motor vehicles and is available to customers, employees, or invitees for temporary or long-term parking or storage of motor vehicles.
(b)  "Motor vehicle" means any automobile, truck, minivan, sports utility vehicle, motor home, recreational vehicle, motorcycle, motor scooter, or any other vehicle operated on the roads of this state and required to be registered under state law.
(c)  "Employee" means any person who possesses a valid license issued pursuant to s. 790.06 and:
1.  Works for salary, wages, or other remuneration;
2.  Is an independent contractor; or
3.  Is a volunteer, intern, or other similar individual for an employer.
(d)  "Employer" means any business that is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, professional association, cooperative, joint venture, trust, firm, institution, or association, or public sector entity, that has employees.
(e)  "Invitee" means any business invitee, including a customer or visitor, who is lawfully on the premises of a public or private employer.

As used in this section, the term "firearm" includes ammunition and accoutrements attendant to the lawful possession and use of a firearm.
(3)  LEGISLATIVE INTENT; FINDINGS.--This act is intended to codify the long-standing legislative policy of the state that individual citizens have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, that they have a constitutional right to possess and keep legally owned firearms within their motor vehicles for self-defense and other lawful purposes, and that these rights are not abrogated by virtue of a citizen becoming a customer, employee, or invitee of a business entity. It is the finding of the Legislature that a citizen's lawful possession, transportation, and secure keeping of firearms and ammunition within his or her motor vehicle is essential to the exercise of the fundamental constitutional right to keep and bear arms and the constitutional right of self-defense. The Legislature finds that protecting and preserving these rights is essential to the exercise of freedom and individual responsibility. The Legislature further finds that no citizen can or should be required to waive or abrogate his or her right to possess and securely keep firearms and ammunition locked within his or her motor vehicle by virtue of becoming a customer, employee, or invitee of any employer or business establishment within the state, unless specifically required by state or federal law.
(4)  PROHIBITED ACTS.--No public or private employer may violate the constitutional rights of any customer, employee, or invitee as provided in paragraphs (a)-(e):
(a)  No public or private employer may prohibit any customer, employee, or invitee from possessing any legally owned firearm when such firearm is lawfully possessed and locked inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot and when the customer, employee, or invitee is lawfully in such area.
(b)  No public or private employer may violate the privacy rights of a customer, employee, or invitee by verbal or written inquiry regarding the presence of a firearm inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot or by an actual search of a private motor vehicle in a parking lot to ascertain the presence of a firearm within the vehicle. Further, no public or private employer may take any action against a customer, employee, or invitee based upon verbal or written statements of any party concerning possession of a firearm stored inside a private motor vehicle in a parking lot for lawful purposes. A search of a private motor vehicle in the parking lot of a public or private employer to ascertain the presence of a firearm within the vehicle may only be conducted by on-duty law enforcement personnel, based upon due process and must comply with constitutional protections.
(c)  No public or private employer shall condition employment upon either:
1.  The fact that an employee or prospective employee holds or does not hold a license issued pursuant to s. 790.06; or
2.  Any agreement by an employee or a prospective employee that prohibits an employee from keeping a legal firearm locked inside or locked to a private motor vehicle in a parking lot when such firearm is kept for lawful purposes.
(d)  No public or private employer shall prohibit or attempt to prevent any customer, employee, or invitee from entering the parking lot of the employer's place of business because the customer's, employee's, or invitee's private motor vehicle contains a legal firearm being carried for lawful purposes, that is out of sight within the customer's, employee's, or invitee's private motor vehicle.
(e)  No public or private employer may terminate the employment of or otherwise discriminate against an employee, or expel a customer or invitee for exercising his or her constitutional right to keep and bear arms or for exercising the right of self-defense as long as a firearm is never exhibited on company property for any reason other than lawful defensive purposes.

This subsection applies to all public sector employers, including those already prohibited from regulating firearms under the provisions of s. 790.33.
(5)  DUTY OF CARE OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE EMPLOYERS; IMMUNITY FROM LIABILITY.--
(a)  When subject to the provisions of subsection (4), a public or private employer has no duty of care related to the actions prohibited under such subsection.
(b)  A public or private employer is not liable in a civil action based on actions or inactions taken in compliance with this section. The immunity provided in this subsection does not apply to civil actions based on actions or inactions of public or private employers that are unrelated to compliance with this section.
(c)  Nothing contained in this section shall be interpreted to expand any existing duty, or create any additional duty, on the part of a public or private employer, property owner, or property owner's agent.
(6)  ENFORCEMENT.--The Attorney General shall enforce the protections of this act on behalf of any customer, employee, or invitee aggrieved under this act. If there is reasonable cause to believe that the aggrieved person's rights under this act have been violated by a public or private employer, the Attorney General shall commence a civil or administrative action for damages, injunctive relief and civil penalties, and such other relief as may be appropriate under the provisions of s. 760.51, or may negotiate a settlement with any employer on behalf of any person aggrieved under the act. However, nothing in this act shall prohibit the right of a person aggrieved under this act to bring a civil action for violation of rights protected under the act. In any successful action brought by a customer, employee, or invitee aggrieved under this act, the court shall award all reasonable personal costs and losses suffered by the aggrieved person as a result of the violation of rights under this act. In any action brought pursuant to this act, the court shall award all court costs and attorney's fees to the prevailing party.
(7)  EXCEPTIONS.--The prohibitions in subsection (4) do not apply to:
(a)  Any school property as defined and regulated under s. 790.115.
(b)  Any correctional institution regulated under s. 944.47 or chapter 957.
(c)  Any property where a nuclear-powered electricity generation facility is located.
(d)  Property owned or leased by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer upon which are conducted substantial activities involving national defense, aerospace, or homeland security.
(e)  Property owned or leased by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer upon which the primary business conducted is the manufacture, use, storage, or transportation of combustible or explosive materials regulated under state or federal law, or property owned or leased by an employer who has obtained a permit required under 18 U.S.C. s. 842 to engage in the business of importing, manufacturing, or dealing in explosive materials on such property.
(f)  A motor vehicle owned, leased, or rented by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer.
(g)  Any other property owned or leased by a public or private employer or the landlord of a public or private employer upon which possession of a firearm or other legal product by a customer, employee, or invitee is prohibited pursuant to any federal law, contract with a federal government entity, or general law of this state.
History.--s. 1, ch. 2008-7.
1Note.--Section 2, ch. 2008-7, provides that "[t]his act shall take effect July 1, 2008, and shall apply to causes of action accruing on or after that date."