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Moscow Police Department encourages safety when handling firearms

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MOSCOW, Idaho -

On Tuesday, the Moscow Police Department responded to the fourth negligent firearm discharge call for 2016. Officers say that the vast majority of these calls are a result of someone cleaning their gun without exercising extreme caution. 

No injuries have been reported from these four calls. 

However, the MPD wants to remind the public of the importance of exercising extreme caution when handling and cleaning guns or other firearms. 

Helpful tips for practicing firearm safety: 

  • unload and clear all ammunition before dissembling
  • treat all guns as if they are loaded
  • keep guns pointed in a safe direction
  • keep fingers off the trigger until you are ready to shoot the gun
  • know your target
  • be aware of your surroundings
  • know how to properly use the firearm

As part of the city's mission to encourage safety, Moscow City code prohibits the discharge of any weapons in the city limits.

City of Moscow Code Title 10, Section 3-3. Discharge of Weapons Prohibited.

"It shall be unlawful for any person, unless authorized pursuant to Idaho Code Title 18, Chapter 33, to discharge firearms or weapons of any kind or description within the City; this Code Section shall include hand guns, rifles, pellet guns, air rifles, BB guns, sling shots, flippers, bows and arrows, and other projectiles; providing, however, that this Code Section shall not apply to law enforcement officers in the discharge of their duties.”


 

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