Ways to keep yourself and others safe

Always obey the TEN BASIC RULES :

  1. Treat every firearm as loaded
  2. Always point firearms in a safe direction
  3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
  4. Identify your target beyond all doubt
  5. Check your firing zone
  6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
  7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms
  8. Never have loaded firearms in the car, home or camp
  9. Never fire at hard surfaces or water
  10. Do not climb fences or obstacles with loaded firearms.

NEVER SHOOT AT:
movement only; colour only; sound only; shape only; a target on the skyline; and when companions are ahead of you.

And observe the following SAFETY GUIDES:

  • Get permission before shooting on private property, land,local and privately owned land and check your State Game regulations for shooting on Crown land.
  • Be aware that others may be in the same area. This applies especially to public land. You will be sharing public land with other bush users.
  • Make sure there is nothing obstructing the barrel of your firearm before you fire.
  • Completely unload before you leave the shooting area and never leave your firearm loaded.
  • Unload your firearm before crossing a fence.
  • Walk through a stream while carrying firearms rather than jumping or crossing on rocks.
  • Always stay focussed when around firearms - no daydreaming !
  • Give advice on safety if you see any careless or unsafe behaviour with firearms. Irresponsible use of firearms causes injuries and deaths.
  • Have your firearm checked periodically by a gunsmith who knows about the firearm you own.
  • The wearing of blaze orange when hunting is highly recommended