Following up on yesterday’s post of Yamil Sued’s translation of Col. Jeff Cooper’s four rules of firearms safety into Spanish, I dug around a bit more and found English and Spanish language versions of California’s Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide. The study guide includes California’s SIX basic rules of gun safety.
As you can see, to Cooper’s four rules California has added:
5. Know how to properly operate your gun
6. Store your gun safely and securely to prevent unauthorized use. Guns and assumption should be stored separately.
Rule #5 seems unobjectionable. The first half of Rule #6 also seems uncontroversial, but does not have to do with gunhandling, per se, which the gun safety rules are designed to address.
The second half of Rule #6, by contrast, is something I have heard many people outside of gun culture advocate; but I rarely hear people inside Gun Culture 2.0 recommend this. In fact, I don’t know if I have EVER heard someone from Gun Culture 2.0 recommend storing guns and ammunition separately.
In any event, the California Department of Justice has also translated these six rules into Spanish:
Although it was published over 2 years ago, the Spanish version of the study guide has a clear error that has gone uncorrected. California’s fifth rule of firearm safety should read in Spanish:
5. Sepa cómo operar su arma en forma apropiada.
I will pass this correction on to the Bureau of Firearms and see what response I receive.
BACKGROUND: As you may know, California requires any person who acquires a firearm to have a Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) (with some exceptions). To get an FSC, you have to pass a written test on firearm safety administered by DOJ Certified Instructors. For an additional $25, I took and passed the test when I attended an NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home class in the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago. The study guide discussed above provides the basic firearm safety information covered in the test.