Handling a gunIt is easy to own a handgun in Denver, as you do not need a permit or license to own one. Still, you do need a permit if you want to carry it around with you. This usually requires passing a competency test. For that, you need to practice using your handgun.

On the other hand, you might just want to hone your skills for your personal pleasure. You can do either one of these safely in an indoor shooting range, Shoot Indoors suggests.

Here are other safety rules for using a handgun.

Handle It with Respect

Always handle your handgun as if it is loaded, even if you know it is not. Never point it at anyone, and refrain from waving it about in case it accidentally goes off. For safety, always keep it pointed at the ground or downrange if you are not ready to shoot.

It can be a deadly mistake when you start taking your handgun for granted. You should always keep in mind that it only takes one careless mistake to do serious harm to yourself or others. Spare yourself a lifetime of regret and respect the potential danger your handgun represents.

Control Your Trigger Finger

Make a conscious effort to take your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard when you are not shooting. Keeping your finger on the trigger is inviting trouble. A sudden bang or flash can make you squeeze it involuntarily, setting it off and maybe hitting someone. Only place your finger on the trigger when you are ready to pull it.

Be Aware of What is in Your Way

It is easy to miss anything other than your target that may be in your line of fire. You are concentrating on hitting your target, so you may block everything else out. This is not such an issue when you are in an indoor firing range because that is a controlled environment.

When you are outside, however, anything can happen. Make sure that you know what is behind your target before you start shooting. Keep an eye out for anyone that may wander into your line of fire.

Shooting in a range is therapeutic, and it also develops better hand-eye coordination. While this is actually safer than other types of sports, be careful with how you handle your gun, and read up on laws regarding its use outside the range.