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Regardless of your personal views, as currently interpreted by the courts the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment was heavily influenced by the English Bill of Rights. In the English Bill of Rights, this right was intended to prevent the crown from interfering with the right of common folk to keep and carry arms to defend themselves. Though there are a few legal stipulations, depending on the state you live in, as a U.S. citizen you have the right to bear arms. Here are five ways you may be squandering that right.
Do You Own a Defense Firearm?
As a citizen of the United States, you have the right to defend your home, family, property, and self with a firearm. Keeping a firearm in your home is a good way to protect your family from home invasion and other emergency situations.
Depending on what state you live in, you may be required to apply for permits before purchasing a firearm or ammunition.
Do You Carry Your Firearm?
Just as your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is not valid only within your home, your right to keep and bear arms is not limited to your home. Concealed carry, or carrying a hidden firearm in public, is restricted in some states. Many states, not including Texas, allow open carrying of firearms, such as in a holster.
If you have questions about your carrying rights, you may find it helpful to consult with a lawyer, such as the law professionals at Donnell Law Group.
Have You Received Gun Training?
Your right to keep and bear arms is accompanied by an obligation to do so responsibly. In some states, gun training is required before you purchase a firearm. Even if it is not a requirement, you should look into basic gun training. Whether you are unfamiliar with firearms or just need a refresher course, a training session can help you use safe gun handling practices and lengthen the life of your firearm.
Do You Regularly Practice with Your Firearm?
Regular practice can help to ensure that you are genuinely ready to use your firearm in the case of an emergency. Regular practice improves your technique and accuracy, as well as acclimating you to gun use.
Practicing can also help you maintain your firearm by alerting you to any problems right when they happen so you can make the necessary repairs or adjustments.
Do You Practice and Enforce Proper Firearm Safety?
Keeping and bearing arms is not just a right, it is also a responsibility. As a gun-owner, you have the obligation to store your firearms in a safe place, away from children and anyone who might, intentionally or unintentionally, misuse them. When introducing children and young adults to firearm usage, it is vital that you instill the etiquette and procedures of proper gun use. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Never pointing the gun, loaded or unloaded, at a person unless in self-defense.
- Keeping the gun pointed away from yourself, or “down range.”
- Using the correct positioning when firing the gun.
- Returning the gun to its safe after use.
- Retaining the proper permits and licenses for your firearms.
- Discharging firearms only on ranges, except during an emergency.
Safe and conscientious firearm use minimizes gun-related accidents and keeps you, your home, and your family safe.
This article is from Hannah Whittenly a mother of two and a freelance writer out of Sacramento, California.