Do You Know Enough About Gun Safety to Get a Firearms Certificate?

By: Becky

Do You Know Enough About Gun Safety to Get a Firearms Certificate?
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About This Quiz

All states take firearm safety seriously. To obtain a firearms certificate, you will need to take an exam. On the exam, you will have to answer questions about firearm components, maintenance and cleaning, and safety. Most states have prepared study guides to help you understand what knowledge you will be required to have in your brain. Don't just read the guide; actually study it so that you will not only be able to pass the exam, but truly put what you've learned into practice. Knowing your firearm can mean the difference between safely operating it and a horrible accident. Once you've obtained your certificate, make sure that you know how long it is good for so that you renew your certificate before it expires.

This quiz will test your knowledge on some of the questions that could appear on such an exam. Are you ready? Let's get started.

A single unit of ammunition
Round
A single unit of ammunition is called a round. It may also be called a cartridge.
Stock
Barrel
Chamber

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The handle of a gun is called a _____.
barrel
cartridge
grip
The handle of a gun is called a grip. You should know the parts of your firearm.
trigger

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Just because the _______ is on does not mean a firearm is safe.
safety
Just because the safety is on does not mean a firearm is safe. No safety is foolproof.
bullet
target
stock

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If your gun malfunctions, what should you do?
Point the gun at the sky
Keep your finger on the trigger
Click the trigger repeatedly
Point the gun in a safe direction
If your gun malfunctions, point it in a safe direction. Only then should you troubleshoot your firearm.

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True or False: it's OK to drink alcohol while handling a gun as long as you are not drunk.
True
False
This is false. Alcohol and firearms should never be mixed.

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It is important to read your firearm's ______ before you use it.
manual
Even if you are an experienced gun owner, take a few minutes and read what your firearm's manufacturer has to say about your gun. The manufacturer knows more than you do.
stock
barrel
serial number

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A magazine is used with what type of firearm?
Single action revolver
Double action revolver
Single and double action revolver
Semiautomatic pistol
A magazine is used with a semiautomatic pistol. Revolvers use a chamber to hold ammunition.

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The metal tube through which a bullet passes on its way to a target is called a ______.
barrel
The metal tube through which a bullet passes on its way to a target is called a barrel. Barrels come in different sizes.
stock
magazine
trigger

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What does CCW stand for?
Carry Concealed Weapon
CCW stands for Carry Concealed Weapon. You will need a permit for this.
Coin Clanks Water
Carry Clear Winner
Climb Corners With

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True or False: You don't have to practice child gun safety if you don't have children.
True
False
This is false. Even if you don't have children, make sure that you practice child gun safety.

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True or false: It is illegal to own a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony.
True
This is true. Although laws may vary by state, it is generally illegal to own a firearm if you have been convicted of a felony.
False

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What causes firearm accidents?
Ignorance
Carelessness
Both A and B
Ignorance and carelessness cause firearm accidents. Accidents can be deadly.
Neither A or B

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It is important to know how to properly _________ your gun.
describe
polish
decorate
operate
It is important to know how to properly operate your gun. Sure, that other stuff is nice, but not necessary.

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True or False: You should keep your finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
True
False
This is false. You should keep your finger OFF the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

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Guns and ammunition should be stored _________.
together
separately
Guns and ammunition should be stored separately. This is the safest way to store your firearm.
in a box
in a cabinet

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You should always treat a gun as if it is _______.
new
old
loaded
You should always treat a gun as if it is loaded. This is part of basic gun safety.
clean

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True or False? Firearm maintenance has an effect on safety.
True
This is true. Cleaning your firearm will help ensure that it is safe to use and will function properly.
False

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Firearms vary in how much ______ they generate.
money
envy
recoil
Firearms vary in how much recoil they generate. People can be startled by a firearm's recoil.
clout

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True or False? An illegal firearm purchase is a federal crime.
True
This is true. An illegal firearm purchase is a federal crime.
False

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Which of the following is a gun safety device?
Trigger lock
Cable lock
Both A and B
Trigger locks and cable locks are both gun safety devices. These devices will help ensure that your firearm is stored safely.
Neither A nor B

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True or False: You can use any caliber ammo in any firearm.
True
False
This is false. Use only the caliber of ammo recommended by your firearm's manufacturer.

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Never shoot your gun at _____.
water
hard surfaces
Both A and B
You should never shoot a gun at water or a hard surface. Bullets can ricochet and hurt someone.
Neither A or B

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Caliber refers to what?
Diameter
Caliber refers to diameter. This applies to both the firearm and the ammunition.
Length
Velocity
Weight

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True or false: It is OK to keep your firearm loaded as long as it is out of reach of children.
True
False
This is false. Never keep a loaded gun around children even if you think it is out of reach.

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Which of the following is a good storage device?
Lock box
Gun safe
Both A and B
Lock boxes and gun safes are both acceptable firearm storage devices. Gun safes are typically considered more secure because they are heavier.
Neither A or B

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Where should you keep your firearm?
In your bedside table
Under your pillow
Under your bed
None of the above
None of these places are good spots for your firearm. Keep your firearm where a child cannot reach it.

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True or False? It is OK to purchase a firearm for someone who is not legally permitted to own one.
True
False
This is false. It is a crime to purchase a firearm for someone who is not legally permitted to own one.

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Always wear ____ protection when firing a gun.
ear
eye
Both A and B
Always wear ear and eye protection when firing a gun. Loud noises can cause hearing damage.
Neither A or B

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Most ammunition can easily penetrate a _____.
wall
Most ammunition can easily penetrate a wall. Never fire a gun inside your home.
stone
concrete block
iron door

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True or False? It is not necessary to use a firearm safety device AND a locking storage container.
True
False
This is false. Using both a firearm safety device and a locking storage container will ensure maximum safety.

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Is it legal to buy a firearm if the serial number has been removed?
Yes
No
The answer to this is no. Never buy a firearm if the identifying numbers have been removed.

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Where should you always keep the muzzle pointed when not in use?
at a wall
in the safest direction
You should always point your firearm in the safest possible direction.
down at the ground

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Is it possible for a toddler to fire a gun?
Yes
The answer to this question is yes. Although some people think that toddlers do not have the strength to pull a trigger, they can and do.
No

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An illegal firearm purchase is called a _____ purchase.
bleach
legal
straw
An illegal firearm purchase is called a straw purchase. Never purchase a firearm from someone who cannot legally own or sell one.
flat

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The distance that a bullet can travel is called what?
Nearest reach
Dangerous range
The distance that a bullet can travel is called dangerous range. It is important to know how far the bullet will travel before you fire your gun.
Overall flight
Fastest projectile

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