Georgia Uses ACTT for Firearms Safety

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For the 2010-2011 hunting season, Georgia reported 44 hunting incidents, 22 of which involved firearms. With the upcoming Oct. 22 opening of firearms deer hunting season, review the ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ before heading to the woods.

“Ultimately, each hunter is responsible for keeping themselves and others safe while pursuing deer this hunting season,” says Walter Lane, hunter development program manager of the Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “This includes respecting all firearms safety rules and being absolutely certain of their target and what is in front of it and beyond it.” 

The ‘Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety’ is an excellent safety checklist, covered in all hunter education courses and well worth a review by any hunter who utilizes firearms to hunt. The Four Primary Rules of Firearms Safety, which can easily be remembered with the acronym ACTT, are as follows: 

  1. A – Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded. 

  2. C – Control the muzzle of the firearm at all times. 

  1. T – Be certain of the Target and what is in front of it and beyond it. 

  1. T – Keep your finger outside of the Trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. 

For more information on firearms safety, visit or contact the Wildlife Resources Division’s Hunter Education office at (770) 761-3010.


numbnutz's picture

This is a great acronym. It's

This is a great acronym. It's catchy and easy to remember. Reading the artcle 44 accidents and 22 of them firarm related seems to be a bit high. I think Georgia may need more than a catchy phrase to keep people safe during the hunting seasons. I think they should start a safety blitz in some way and this could be a good start. In Oregon we may see 1/4 the gun related hunting accidents in a years time. Anyways I think it's astep in the right direction and it's a good reminder for people to be safe. They are right in the article that it's each persons responsiblity to know how to use your gun, know your target and beyond and keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction and of coarse treat your gun like it's loaded at all times and if it is loaded keep the safety on until your ready to fire.

Retired2hunt's picture

  Great job Georgia!  The


Great job Georgia!  The ACTT acronym has long been used to explain the four primary safety rules of using a firearm.  I have spent a great deal of driving this information into my two son's and daughter's head so they make it habit on their regular use of firearm.  Again - great job Georgia!  All states should pour this communication out 365 days out of the year. 


swisheroutdoors's picture

Needed a catchy acronym

Each time I take my children out we go over these principles.  I like this ACTT "act" term to help them remember.  I randomly quiz them now and they do well but this kinda focuses them in on something to help remember.  As a parent I'm always just watching where that barrel is pointed at all times.  Heck my kids knew enough not to point a nerf dart gun at me