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Person unloading shotgun

To unload a shotgun safely:

  • Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
  • If the firearm has a safety, put the safety on if you can open the action and unload the firearm with the safety on.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard.
  • Open the action.
  • Eject shells if it is the only way to remove them.
  • Make sure the firearm is empty by physically and visually checking the chamber.
  • Put the safety on if it is not on already.

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