In thinking about this, it occurs to me that a gun in a safe probably doesn't need to be in condition one. It's in a safe. I store my shotgun loaded and safety off, but it still needs a rack to load the chamber.Sure, some have a rule that they never store their guns loaded but I know that we have a number of loaded firearms in our safe.
The failure here was that the guy swept himself with the muzzle. No matter how you handle your guns, you shouldn't be sweeping yourself under any circumstances unless cleaning them. Even a ND in moving rifles should not have been a problem if this owner had followed basic rule number 2 of firearm safety. So once again we see a tragedy resulting from violating the basic rules. They are not kind suggestions - they are rules you have to internalize and follow as naturally as breathing.That blows my mind. The only way to hand a firearm to someone is to very clearly and deliberately show them that you have made the weapon safe, open the action, ensure they see it is safe, then hand it over with the muzzle in a safe direction. It's the little things like this that are so important. It shows respect to others and underscores your commitment to safe handling, and tells others that you expect safe handling from them, too.One thing I noticed pretty fast was every one of them was loaded that he handed me. I politely told him he was handing me loaded firearms