The Saskatchewan Firearms Office launched a public awareness campaign yesterday, aimed at promoting the safe use and storage of firearms in the province.
Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said, "By improving public awareness, we can ensure that all owners use firearms properly and demonstrate safe behaviours for the next generation to follow."
While most firearms owners already follow or exceed proper safety, storage and handling practices, the Saskatchewan Firearms Office wanted to ensure all owners are aware of their important roles and responsibilities.
The Saskatchewan Firearms Office is responsible for administering the Firearms Act in Saskatchewan, which details jurisdiction over the licensing, storage, transportation and use of firearms in the province.
Chief Firearms Officer Robert Freberg commented, "Following proper firearms safety tips and storage practices will not only keep you and your loved ones safe; they also ensure the safety and well-being of our communities across the province."
The following are a list of safety tips for firearms owners to follow: have a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL/RPAL), learn basic information about your firearm, including how to safely handle, load and secure it, ensure unauthorized persons cannot access the keys or combination lock used to secure your firearms unless they have their PAL license and are permitted to use the firearms, and unload all firearms when not in use and before they are stored.
More safety tips include: use a locked cabinet or safe to store your firearms, for non-restricted firearms, you can attach a secure locking device, such as a trigger or cable lock, store ammunition separately from all firearms or ensure ammunition is kept in a locked safe or cabinet, always use the correct ammunition for your firearm, and never point a firearm at anyone or anything that you don't intend to shoot.
When travelling with a firearm, reminders include: make arrangements to secure your firearms at the hotel, motel, etc. you are staying at, don't store your firearms in an unoccupied vehicle overnight, park in well-lit locations where your vehicle can be easily seen by yourself and others when stopping at gas stations and restaurants, always have the firearm unloaded with an appropriate locking device installed properly on the firearms, and ensure the vehicle is locked and all firearms are out of view from those outside the vehicle.
The firearms safety campaign will run until the end of April.