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Safety first this duck shooting season

Police remind people to ensure they are up to speed on firearms safety before they go duck shooting this season.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable game bird shooting season.

This means making sure people are vigilant about safety,” says Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith.

“This includes refreshing yourself on the seven rules of firearm safety, and making sure you’re familiar with your firearm and have inspected it, especially if it’s been in secure storage since last season.

“The last thing we want is hunters facing serious injuries, or worse, because they weren’t being careful with their firearm at all times.

“Anybody handling a firearm should always treat it as loaded; that means always pointing the firearm in a safe direction and checking your firing zone.

“We know this year is going to be a little different with the new firearms laws and we want to make sure people are clear about the changes and what they mean for their hunting this season,” says Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith.

“Police has put a video and frequently asked questions on our website for duck shooters, to support people in their understanding and compliance with the new laws.

I would encourage all game bird shooters to visit our website to take a look.

“A couple of important things to note for shooters in the maimai is to ensure that if they take a break their firearm is unloaded and safely secured.

“We also know that going hunting with your mates is fun and having a drink with your mates is fun too – but these two activities should never be mixed.

“It’s important safety is your focus this game bird shooting season.

We want you and your mates to have a safe and successful hunting season.”

More hunting safety information can be found on the Police website and also on the Mountain Safety Council website.

Hunters of all levels of experience are encouraged to look at this material.

Seven Basic Firearms Safety Rules:

1. Treat every firearm as loaded

2. Always point firearms in a safe direction

3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire

4. Identify your target beyond all doubt

5. Check your firing zone

6. Store firearms and ammunition safely

7. Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms.

ENDS

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