I recently ran across an article from Feb. 2008 (old by today’s standards on the internet) in which it was describing how a New York city police officer had accidentally discharged his weapon while cleaning, through the floor of his apartment, into the arm of a toddler living below. His excuse was that the electricity was off due to his inability to pay the electric bill.
It occurred to me that this might be a good time to write an article about gun cleaning safety. So, despite the stupidity involved, this incident could have been prevented if the officer had simply followed some common sense rules when it comes to cleaning his weapon.
From the National Rifle association (NRA) gun safety rules we have these tips:
Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used. A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly. Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.
Your firearm should be protected and serviceable for a long time to come and you and your family should be protected and safe by following these simple common sense rules.