Have a Firearms Safe Holiday Season
For many people the holidays are all about festive decorations, family and friends gathered together, food, food and more food and…firearms? Well, yes most hunters and firearms enthusiasts are extremely proud of their firearms and love to share them with other enthusiasts. Face it, for whatever the reason, over the holidays can be the only time you have to get together with some of your fellow firearms lovers. With that being said, there are more than a few things the Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO) would like you to keep in mind about staying safe with firearms over the holidays.
Common Sense makes Sense
First and foremost, ALWAYS keep your firearms secured in a safe and legal storage unit which only you have access to. Be sure the person(s) you are showing your firearm(s) to are certified to handle a firearm and have PAL, POL or a Minor’s License certification. Be sure the firearm is NOT LOADED and never show ammunition at the same time as showing the firearm. No ammunition means no mishaps!
Never handle or let your guests handle firearms after consuming ANY alcohol, cannabis or prescription drugs. Impaired judgement can lead to unfortunate accidents that could have been prevented by NOT handling firearms after consumption of intoxicants. If you do plan on showing your firearms, do it right after your guest arrives and before the celebrating begins. There is no reason to touch a firearm after you have consumed ANY intoxicant no matter what it is.
If you are considering giving a firearm as a gift, there are specific guidelines you must follow to make it legal. A person found possessing a firearm, who is not legally qualified to possess a firearm, could receive up to 5 years in prison! So a great gift may not be so great after all. Do your research before you get out the wrapping paper and bows! Better yet, it’s always legal to give gift certificates!
Become Legally Certified
If you are interested in firearms and want to become a firearms owner, you must first take an introductory Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) to be eligible to apply for a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and to better train you when it comes to the safe handling of firearms. There are qualified registered instructors all across the province. Just visit FSESO.org to begin. Even if you don’t have a firearm or if you’re planning to get one for yourself, it is a good idea to be trained so you know how to handle a firearm safely. Whether you happen across a firearm accidentally or if you’re around family or friends who have firearms, how to handle them safely is a good thing to know. It’s like first aid where it’s better to know it just in case! You can take courses at your convenience. Talk to an instructor in your area. They will be able to tell you when you are able to attend the next course and what the costs will be. From everyone at FSESO, have a safe and happy holiday season and best of luck in the coming year! Safe hunting everyone!
Contact us for more information:
Firearms Safety Education Service of Ontario (FSESO)
Phone: 1-877-322-2345 ext.101
Fax: (705) 325-9193