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Firearms instructor offers safety tips

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ARTESIA —  Get a new firearm for Christmas? If you plan to celebrate with it when this year ends and the new one gets here, don’t do it, according to an Eddy County firearms instructor.

Eve Flanigan said Black Friday of this year was a big day for firearms sales across the country.

“Big milestone,” she said. “That means a lot of people who have firearms haven’t studied safety rules and unfortunately some people who have handled them don’t do that safely.”

She said shooting a weapon at the stroke of midnight and New Year’s Eve don’t go together.

“If you’re gonna shoot at midnight, go to an approved range and do it safely,” she said.

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“Never ever shoot up into the air, because what goes up must come down,” Flanigan added.

“There have been recorded injuries, deaths and major damage to people’s homes as a result of people doing stupid things shooting into the air,” she said.

Flanigan offered some advice if people should hear gunfire when the clock hits midnight.

“Take cover inside a building or inside a vehicle if a building is not available,” is the first tip Flanigan cites.

“If it is in the near vicinity, it is appropriate at that time to call 9-1-1 and report it,” she added.

“Most of all treat every gun as if it is loaded,” she said. “Keep your finger off that trigger until the sites are on target and you’re ready to fire.”

Instead of taking the new weapon out for a test late New Year’s Eve or early New Year’s Day, Flanigan suggested calling a certified firearms instructor like herself. She can be reached at 575-642-4825.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.