The second rule for safe gun handling works well with our safe direction rule. Although you should work to make sure your gun is pointed in a relatively safe direction as much as possible, you need some backup for extreme circumstances. That backup is your trigger finger.
The second rule of gun safety is keep your finger someplace other than the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Guns are relatively safe and reliable mechanical devices. Although a gun could fire due to mechanical failure, it is much more likely that when a gun fires by accident it was because someone put their finger on the trigger. In this lesson we will take a look at why you should keep your finger someplace other than the trigger and where “someplace” actually is.