[Information] Firearms Usage Manual

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[Information] Firearms Usage Manual

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Firearms Licensing Division
Firearms Usage Manual

Table of Contents:
  • Section I: Use of deadly force
  • Section I-A: Avoidance of deadly force
  • Section II: Carrying a Firearm
  • Section III: Assisting Law Enforcement with a Firearm
  • Section IV: Weapon Information
  • Section V: Firearms Safety
  • Section VI: Weapon Handling
  • Section VII: Weapon Stowage

Section I
Use of deadly force

Please note that the usage of Deadly Force against someone who is is an active, imminent threat to life is to only stop that active, imminent, ongoing threat to life or when your or your property of significant relative worth of monetary value, is threatened. Once the threat to life has ended use of deadly force is prohibited. For example, Someone walks up to you with a knife and runs away once you reveal your firearm. You must NOT use deadly force, at this point there is no ongoing threat to life and shooting them will result in criminal action being taken.

You are responsible for the use of force and as such you may be held liable for any damages caused by the actions you take. For example, there is an altercation happening in-front of you and one of the parties withdraws a deadly weapon and you decide to use your firearm. If in this circumstance you fire your weapon and end up shooting the unarmed party you may be held liable for any damages and also be held to any legal charges.

There is NO legal requirement to use your firearm to save another person's life as the State does not have a "Duty to Rescue" law. You may lawfully use your firearm to save another person's life.

It is important to understand that the firing of your firearm should only be done when you are certain that your life or another life is in imminent danger. Regardless of anything you must report the incident to 911 as soon as possible.

Failure to report an incident where you brandished or aimed a firearm may lead to a negative outcome for yourself as the other party may call 911 themselves and claim that you were the aggressor in the instance. In such an instance you will come under further investigation and be treated as a suspect because you made no effort to contact the police.

When you are ordered to cease fire, you should stop firing your weapon, unload your weapon and then clear the chamber of your weapon.
Section I-A
Avoidance of deadly force

You are the main responsibility for your own behavior. In a shooting situation, your own behavior my be reviewed. If your behavior is show to contribute to the escalation of a situation that resulted in a shooting, you may be held completely responsible or partly responsible. People involved in the shooting often have extremely strong short and long term physical, emotional, and psychological reactions.

There are ways of de-escalating a situation to avoid the use of deadly force, known as AES-V-P:
  • A- Avoid: Try to avoid the conflict and report the situation to the law as quickly as you can.
  • E- Escalation: This does NOT mean withdraw your weapon, this means to typically increase the amount of force used in said conflict, ideally the situation would allow you to do a step by step increase. However the real word does normally allow this, its easy to gradually increase the force without withdrawing your weapon.
  • S- Self Control: The most important person to control in a conflict situation is yourself. You may truly have no control over what anyone else does in a conflict situation.
  • V- Verbal: Engaging in a simple non-threatening, non-hostile verbal communication is often not thought of as a possible show of force, but it can be. There are many other factors involved in effective verbal communication than just talking can make a huge difference in most situations.
  • P- Physical: The physical control levels in escalating order are physical contact and then the use of a firearm. Remember that your firearm may only be used for justifiable defensive purposes. If you engage in physical contact with a subject, you must be able to establish that it was reasonable and justified.

Section II
Carrying a Firearm

Carrying a firearm in the City requires the appropriate licensing from the law. In Los Santos, you are allowed to carry a loaded firearm. We recommend untrained citizens to not chamber their rounds and have their safety on while carrying to avoid misfiring their firearm.

Once your purchased a firearm, make sure to check it has a valid serial number on it. All purchases are automatically recorded in the police database so you do not need to hand your purchased firearm to a police officer before using.

If you have a permit to conceal carry a firearm then you are able to carry that firearm on any public and private property excluding government buildings.

There are restrictions on where you can carry a firearm unless you have the expressed, written permission from the respective authorized representatives (or you are a Law Enforcement Officer in the scope of employment). These locations are:
  • City Hall
  • Police Stations
  • Court Houses
  • Fire Stations
  • Medical Buildings
  • Schools
  • Correctional Facilities

Section III
Assisting Law Enforcement with a Firearm

As a license holder remember that you are under no obligation to rescue another person. There may be times where Law Enforcement requests your help as a civilian, it is solely up to you to decide whether or not you should assist them.

When assisting Law Enforcement while in possession of a firearm you must alert them that you are a firearms license holder if you plan to reveal and/or use your firearm. Failure to notify law enforcement of this may lead to police action against you.
Section IV
Weapon Information

  • Beretta M92 (( Pistol MKII ))
    The Beretta M92 is the most common used pistol in the city of San Andreas. The pistol weighs roughly 34 ounces and is 8.5 inches long. It takes 9x19mm ammunition and comes with a 12 round magazine.
  • Heckler & Koch P2000 (( Combat Pistol ))
    The Heckler & Koch P2000 is slightly smaller that the 'Beretta M92' and weighs less. This pistol also packs a slight less punch but is great for its easy storage. The combat pistol also takes 9x19mm ammunition with a 12 round magazine.
  • M1911 (( Heavy Pistol ))
    The M1911 is a more powerful pistol yet it's not as long as the 'Pistol Mark II'. The pistol weighs 39 ounces and is 8.25 inches long. This pistol kicks more of a punch as it uses .45 ACP rounds with an 18 round magazine.
  • FN Model 1910 (( Vintage Pistol ))
    The FN Model 1910 is a blowback-operated, semi-automatic pistol. The pistol weighs 24 ounces and is 7 inches long. The Vintage Pistol takes .380 ammunition and has a 7 round magazine.

Section V
Firearms Safety

  • Treat every weapon as if it were loaded
  • Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot
  • Keep your weapon on safe and finger off the trigger
  • Know your target and what lies beyond it

Section VI
Weapon Handling

Firing a weapon.
  • The proper shooting hand grip places the firearm in the webbing between the thumb and index finger of the shooting hand. The index finger should lie on the outside of the trigger guard.
  • Get into a proper shooting position by maintaining a firm body stance
  • Look at the target with your dominant eye
  • Squeeze the trigger with direct pressure and avoid little pressure to the sides of the trigger as possible.
  • Always consider the recoil and the trigger reset of the weapon before firing the next shot.
Unloading the weapon.

Semi-automatic Pistol:
  • Point firearm in a safe direction, keeping finger away from the trigger.
  • Remove magazine.
  • Pull the slide to the rear to eject any chambered round.
  • Lock slide to the rear.
  • Inspect by sight and feel to verify empty chamber.
  • Point the barrel up.
  • With the ejector rod, push the empty casings forcefully out of the cylinder.
  • Allow brass to fall freely.

Section VII
Firearm Stowage

For your safety and the safety of the general public your firearm is to be safely stowed away when not in use. The Firearm is to be secured safely, unloaded with the magazine out of the weapon, inside a locked and bolted weapons safe. The weapons safe has to be bolted to the floor of the house. It's best to put the safe in a hidden location to make it not noticeable in the case of a burglary. Make sure you install an alarm system in your home and install security doors and windows to prevent any chance of a burglary to occur. If your safe has keys to the weapons safe, they are not to be left out in the open as Firearms are the most common items stolen in a burglary. You can store your Firearm in you vehicle, provided that you have install a vehicle weapons safe. This however may not be a permanent solution for your weapons storage as it is much easier to access from a vehicle.