Courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:
- Completely unload firearms at the conclusion of the hunt and keep the action open. Be sure all shells or cartridges are removed from both the chamber and the magazine.
- When in a vehicle, boat or on an ATV, transport firearms unloaded with the action open and in a secure position – preferably in a case.
- Always be sure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction. This basic rule applies in the field, in a vehicle and in the home.
- When cleaning a firearm or putting it away for storage, double check to be sure it is completely unloaded. Anytime you pick up a firearm, make it a habit to make sure it is unloaded before doing anything else.
- Keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard whenever handling firearms in a situation where you do not intend to shoot.
- Store unloaded firearms and ammunition in separate and locked locations.
- Consider use of a lock to make your firearms inoperable while being stored or transported.
- Children and even adults are often curious about firearms, so make sure your firearms are inaccessible to persons who may be visiting your home.
- Discuss firearm safety with members of your household and set rules for firearm access and handling.