Shotguns are refined pieces of sporting equipment, but in the wrong hands they can be dangerous. We teach respect not just for the equipment, but for other people and staff on the basis 'there is no such thing as a shooting accident'. Shooting etiquette on a clay shooting ground is quite simple - never do or say anything that could cause others offence, distraction or fear. Some simple pointers:
Keep quiet so as not to distract others. Always keep your gun pointed safely down-range while loading and unloading. Never shoot at broken clays or fragments. Never shoot at anything other than clays. Never have your gun loaded or closed when not on the stand. Never point a gun at any person or animal and never walk around with a closed gun.
Never do or say anything that could cause others offence, distraction or fear.
To anyone else, a closed gun is a loaded gun, it is irrelevant whether you 'know' it is empty.