Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Americans are buying more and more firearms.
Many of those people are first–time gun owners.
But not everyone has safety training for the weapons.
There are some things to consider if you're a first time gun buyer.
David Resz is a gun safety instructor and owner.
He wants people in the Magic Valley to stay safe.
"Not only do we train handgun safety and the laws around it but we also do hands on training," says Resz, Instructor at Valiant Firearms & Ammunitions and Board Member, Twin Falls Rifle and Pistol Club.
Gun shops across the nation are seeing a huge surge in purchases.
Many buyers are first time gun owners.
Sgt. Luke Allen with the Twin Falls Police Department says, "I would suggest anyone who wants to buy a firearm, regardless of what kind it is, they should get a hold of a reputable instructor."
A few incidents recently have shown safety rules were not followed.
That led to inadvertent discharge.
Resz says, "I don't know all the problems in those situations but it was obvious that safety was violated."
There are three rules to safe gun handling.
First, always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Second, keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot. And third, always keep the gun unloaded until you're ready to use it.
Even if you are licensed to carry a weapon, you still have to follow the law.
"Anytime somebody uses a firearm for self–defense and it causes injury, they can expect a couple things. One of the things is that their gun will be taken as evidence. The second is there's a very good likelihood they'll get arrested," says Sgt. David Frick, Firearms Instructor for the Twin Falls Police Department.
It's also important to talk to your family if you have purchased a firearm.
"If a firearm is in the home, the family needs to have a plan. Hiding it from the children is probably the biggest mistake people have," explains Resz.
And talking to your loved ones about safety will be something you won't regret.
Resz stresses, "You are responsible for that firearm, whether it's on you or whether it's not on you at all times. That's just being a responsible gun owner."