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illions of Americans have recently become first-time gun
owners. How can you help them learn about firearms safety
and responsibility? How can you inform them about defending their right to defend themselves and their families?
If you're an NRA certified instructor, you know the words from your
credentials card: " Possession of this card carries responsibility for representing the whole shooting fraternity to those with whom you deal as well as the
community as a whole. Much of what people think of guns, shooting and
shooters depends on you. "
The same is true for all NRA members, including the many who offer
informal instruction or advice, so always conduct yourself with decorum
and friendliness. Listen more than you talk. Use your experience to offer
helpful advice, but don't be a know-it-all.
The NRA Guide for New Shooters, available for free at NRAPublications.org,
is an excellent starting point.  
Whatever you do, stay within your own proficiency. Perhaps you're a

handgun guy who knows only a
little about shotguns and your
friend bought a shotgun. Offer
whatever advice you are competent
to give and then provide them with
resources for more information.
Your friend probably has just
one gun. Now is not the time to tell
them why they should have bought
some other gun. Save that for much
later, if ever. Concentrate on helping
your friend acquire proficiency with
the gun they already have. 
Of course, you can let your friend
try out some of your guns. If you
have a .22, or air guns, they can be
great tools for beginning shooters to
learn the fundamentals. 
If you can get your friend out to
the range, that's a good opportunity
for them to see how fun shooting is.
Your friend probably bought the gun
as a tool for self-defense. They may
not yet know that recreational shooting is a lot of fun, which also builds
some of the skills for self-defense.
I didn't grow up in a gun-owning
household, so I can tell you that many
things that seem simple to experienced gun owners are daunting to
newcomers. Learning the NRA rules
of gun safety comes first, but remember that simply learning how to load
and unload a gun takes a little time
and patience on your part. Also, show
your friend how to do some basic
gun cleaning. Storage needs also vary.
Help your friend find the right solution for their circumstances. 
There are lots of accessories for
firearms. As you help your friend
select some, keep budget and experience in mind. They might be interested to learn about lasers or red-dot
sights. If so, help them install these
add-ons if you can.
Continually encourage your friend
to get further training. Tell them
about the training courses the NRA
offers via nrainstructors.org. The
NRA now offers " The NRA Basics of
Pistol Shooting Course " and " Refuse
to be a Victim Instructor Development Course " and other courses
online, 24/7, for students to proceed
at their own pace at onlinetraining.nra.org.

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How to Speak to
New Gun Owners
By David Kopel

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