• Store ammunition and guns in safe locations. Guns and ammo should be locked in safe locations so that unauthorized people (like kids) can't get to them. Also, both should be clean and dry before being stored. And, of course, you shouldn't leave ammo near hot surfaces -- like stoves or campfires!

  • Inspect ammunition before use. Take the time to look at your ammo before using it, especially after it has been in storage for an extended period of time. If you notice any defects or corrosion, don't use it.

  • Use only the correct ammunition for your gun. Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on the cartridge. Do not shoot the gun unless you know you have the proper ammunition.

    -- National Rifle Association