All guns are always loaded all the time.
This another good one. I was forced into making this a habit when I was in the army. Its a good one though.
When you get handed a gun you always check it to make sure there is not one in the pipe. If you hand it to another person and then they check it and give it directly back tpo you, you always check it to be sure there is not one in the chamber.
I can tell you of a couple of times that I thought the weapon was empty and if I did not have the weapon pointed down range someone would be in jail and another would be dead. This had happened when I was in my teens. LONG TIME AGO.
Never the less if you think your are dry firing a weapon be sure that you check to be sure its pointed at a target you want to kill or destroy and that the gun is empty. Its a good rule of thumb. It does not matter if you think its a lame saying, Its not the law and we do not want it to be a law, so just shut up and do it. If you are holsterin gthe weapon and you have your finger on the trigger you may lose a foot or make a big hole mid way down you leg. If your finger is on the trigger the muzzle better be pointed at the object you wish to kill or destroy.
Why Would I Be Paranoid, I'm the One With The Gun.
"Just a man and his jug settling an old fued"