What can gun owners do to keep themselves and others safe?

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While accidents involving guns are rare here in Hawaii, they do happen.

Darin Haitsuka works at Hawaii on Target.

He considers himself an expert when it comes to guns, and he knows the golden rule: “Never point a firearm at anybody.”

Gun safety is the main focus of the classes they offer to gun owners.

“Always keep the gun in a safe direction, always keep your finger off the trigger and always keep it unloaded until you are ready to shoot. Those three principles will keep you safe in generally any situation you are applying,” Hawaii on Target instructor Jim Eby said.

But even when following the rules sometimes accidents can happen.

In September 2014, a Honolulu police officer was using the restroom at the Target store in Salt Lake, when his gun accidentally went off. No one was injured.

And last year, an HPD officer’s gun accidentally went off inside a bar, injuring one of the workers.

“It doesn’t matter if you have been a gun owner for a long time if you ignore the safety aspects or if you ignore one of those three rules you can put yourself or others in danger,” Eby said.

Knowing how to store a gun properly is also important.

“Most of the major manufacturers come with a cable lock and hard case. I also lock my case as well so even if one safety method doesn’t workout I have a back up,” Hawaii on Target president Darin Haitsuka said.

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