First Time Gun Buyer Phenomenon
We have seen a number of reports lately about significantly increased gun purchases, the majority by First-Time Gun Buyers (FTGB). There were an estimated 3.7 million background checks nationwide (in March) according to the FBI and the NICS (National Instant Check System). The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) deciphered that 2.5M of those background checks were for firearms and at least half of that number was by FTGB.
Fear and increased awareness of the need for protection in our homes and communities drives this because of the strange Covid-19 world in which we live. That desire to protect ourselves should threat or danger present itself is natural, understandable and appropriate. That is why we are so passionate about our mission and philosophy that Bullets Both Ways are better than one way from an unchallenged perpetrator!
We encourage all our supporters and partners in the firearms industry (those who have not yet joined the education campaign) to communicate and consistently relay the importance of proper gun etiquette, education and respect for FTGB and that it’s essential to learn the basics of firearms and how to not only handle them and store them safely, but also operate them safely and responsibly. Otherwise FTGB have the potential to be a danger to themselves, their family and those around them.
We also realize the majority of these FTGB likely do not follow our gun community’s pages and platforms which makes it even more difficult to provide proper training and awareness. It comes down to communication, conversing with anyone and everyone you know, directly or indirectly, to get the message out and provide resources for those new to gun ownership and use of these self-defense, sport and recreation tools.
Stand up | Represent | Prepare | Protect
Basics 4 rules of firearm safety:
- Treat every gun as if it’s loaded at all times (regardless of whether a magazine is inserted or not).
- Muzzle Discipline – ensure your gun is pointed in a safe direction and do not point it at anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Finger discipline – keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to fire.
- Pass through potential – consider the background of your target.
Few good resources for FTGB’s:
“Guns 101” Devoted and designed for new gun owners. https://gununiversity.com/
Program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) https://projectchildsafe.org/
Free online training program for new gun owners by Farewell Firearms: https://www.farewellfirearms.com/