It appears that most of the accidental deaths involving guns were first time buyers and people unfamiliar with guns and gun safety. Perhaps this is the usual American reluctance to read the manual.
First time gun buyers and people buying guns that already have one may also be reluctant to ask the seller to demonstrate proper loading, unloading, and safety features of the gun. This is especially true when the sellers seem expert and Americans seem particularly reluctant to display a lack of experience and knowledge in handling a firearm.
If there is an opportunity for useful legislation here, having the seller include snap caps for training and not selling the ammunition at the same time as an initial purchase might be considered.
I would recommend first time buyers buy their gun at one of the dealers that have their own shooting range. Alert the range safety officer that a first time shooter is on deck. I would also recommend that first time gun owners learn to pass a quiz on gun safety (the rules are in the front of every manual), learn to load and unload using the snap caps, and learn to properly identify when a gun is loaded and how to apply the safety features before a purchase of ammunition.
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