Do You Know Enough About Gun Safety to Get a Firearms Certificate?

By: Becky
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About This Quiz

All states take firearm safety seriously. To obtain a firearms certificate, you will need to take an exam. On the exam, you will have to answer questions about firearm components, maintenance and cleaning, and safety. Most states have prepared study guides to help you understand what knowledge you will be required to have in your brain. Don't just read the guide; actually study it so that you will not only be able to pass the exam, but truly put what you've learned into practice. Knowing your firearm can mean the difference between safely operating it and a horrible accident. Once you've obtained your certificate, make sure that you know how long it is good for so that you renew your certificate before it expires.

This quiz will test your knowledge on some of the questions that could appear on such an exam. Are you ready? Let's get started.

It is important to know how to properly _________ your gun.

It is important to know how to properly operate your gun. Sure, that other stuff is nice, but not necessary.

Where should you always keep the muzzle pointed when not in use?

You should always point your firearm in the safest possible direction.

A single unit of ammunition

A single unit of ammunition is called a round. It may also be called a cartridge.

True or False: it's OK to drink alcohol while handling a gun as long as you are not drunk.

This is false. Alcohol and firearms should never be mixed.

Never shoot your gun at _____.

You should never shoot a gun at water or a hard surface. Bullets can ricochet and hurt someone.

The handle of a gun is called a _____.

The handle of a gun is called a grip. You should know the parts of your firearm.

Is it possible for a toddler to fire a gun?

The answer to this question is yes. Although some people think that toddlers do not have the strength to pull a trigger, they can and do.

True or False: You don't have to practice child gun safety if you don't have children.

This is false. Even if you don't have children, make sure that you practice child gun safety.

Just because the _______ is on does not mean a firearm is safe.

Just because the safety is on does not mean a firearm is safe. No safety is foolproof.

If your gun malfunctions, what should you do?

If your gun malfunctions, point it in a safe direction. Only then should you troubleshoot your firearm.

Caliber refers to what?

Caliber refers to diameter. This applies to both the firearm and the ammunition.

A magazine is used with what type of firearm?

A magazine is used with a semiautomatic pistol. Revolvers use a chamber to hold ammunition.

It is important to read your firearm's ______ before you use it.

Even if you are an experienced gun owner, take a few minutes and read what your firearm's manufacturer has to say about your gun. The manufacturer knows more than you do.

Which of the following is a gun safety device?

Trigger locks and cable locks are both gun safety devices. These devices will help ensure that your firearm is stored safely.

True or false: It is OK to keep your firearm loaded as long as it is out of reach of children.

This is false. Never keep a loaded gun around children even if you think it is out of reach.

True or false: It is illegal to own a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony.

This is true. Although laws may vary by state, it is generally illegal to own a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony.

Is it legal to buy a firearm if the serial number has been removed?

The answer to this is no. Never buy a firearm if the identifying numbers have been removed.

The metal tube through which a bullet passes on its way to a target is called a ______.

The metal tube through which a bullet passes on its way to a target is called a barrel. Barrels come in different sizes.

What does CCW stand for?

CCW stands for Carry Concealed Weapon. You will need a permit for this.

What causes firearm accidents?

Ignorance and carelessness cause firearm accidents. Accidents can be deadly.

You should always treat a gun as if it is _______.

You should always treat a gun as if it is loaded. This is part of basic gun safety.

True or False: You should keep your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

This is false. You should keep your finger OFF the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Guns and ammunition should be stored _________.

Guns and ammunition should be stored separately. This is the safest way to store your firearm.

Always wear ____ protection when firing a gun.

Always wear ear and eye protection when firing a gun. Loud noises can cause hearing damage.

Firearms vary in how much ______ they generate.

Firearms vary in how much recoil they generate. People can be startled by a firearm's recoil.

True or False: You can use any caliber ammo in any firearm.

This is false. Use only the caliber of ammo recommended by your firearm's manufacturer.

Most ammunition can easily penetrate a _____.

Most ammunition can easily penetrate a wall. Never fire a gun inside your home.

True or False? Firearm maintenance has an effect on safety.

This is true. Cleaning your firearm will help ensure that it is safe to use and will function properly.

True or False? It is not necessary to use a firearm safety device AND a locking storage container.

This is false. Using both a firearm safety device and a locking storage container will ensure maximum safety.

Which of the following is a good storage device?

Lock boxes and gun safes are both acceptable firearm storage devices. Gun safes are typically considered more secure because they are heavier.

Where should you keep your firearm?

None of these places are good spots for your firearm. Keep your firearm where a child cannot reach it.

True or False? An illegal firearm purchase is a federal crime.

This is true. An illegal firearm purchase is a federal crime.

True or False? It is OK to purchase a firearm for someone who is not legally permitted to own one.

This is false. It is a crime to purchase a firearm for someone who is not legally permitted to own one.

An illegal firearm purchase is called a _____ purchase.

An illegal firearm purchase is called a straw purchase. Never purchase a firearm from someone who cannot legally own or sell one.

The distance that a bullet can travel is called what?

The distance that a bullet can travel is called dangerous range. It is important to know how far the bullet will travel before you fire your gun.

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