Rule No. 1
I’m always concerned that people have to be reminded to follow basic firearm safety rules. It seems like it should be common sense, especially rule 1: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
While other safety rules are equally important, following this one would prevent all injuries pursuant from breaking the other firearm safety rules. If a gun is pointed in a safe direction, even if it is unintentionally fired, no one would get hurt.
The problem is there is no single safe direction when handling firearms. If you’re in the first floor of a multiple story home or building, up is not a safe direction as you don’t know who or what is above you, just as down is not safe if you’re higher up in the building.
Gun handlers must constantly be aware of their location, as well as everything that is going on around them to ensure that the firearm being handled always points in a safe direction. This includes when attaching or removing a firearm in a holster, and never forget that the safe direction can change, quickly.