Accident-Gram CCW Permit Student Shot By Firearms Instructor

 
ACCIDENT GRAM CCW Permit Student Shot By Firearms Instructor

CCW Permit Student Shot By Firearms Instructor
Setup- A man was attending a firearms concealed carry permit class in the “may issue” state of California when he was “accidentally” shot by his trainer, a civilian firearms trainer for the Riverside County Sheriff, according to the source. The incident took place on August 10th as the trainee participated in the class at the Ben Clark Training Center Gun Range. The range is in Riverside, California. It is reported that, during an inspection, the instructor did a “trigger pull test” shooting the student in the leg.
The student was transported to the hospital where he was treated for a non-life-threatening wound to the leg and the “accidental discharge” is being investigated by the Sheriff’s department and the training center where the incident took place.

Safety Violations- Rule #1 was violated “all guns are always loaded”. Rule #2 “never point the muzzle at anything you are not willing to destroy” was violated. Pulling the trigger on an empty gun is a bad habit. If the gun has a hammer either decock or use the manual method to decock the firearm. Pulling the trigger should only be done while pointing at something you are willing to shoot as in Dry Fire practice. You could probably argue that rule #3 was violated “keep your finger off the trigger until you have acquired a target and decided to shoot”.

Remedy- Guns should be checked properly to determine if they are loaded or unloaded, and safety rules should have been followed. In either case, this instructor did not check the gun properly and then proceeded to violate several safety rules.

Conclusion- Apparently, students are instructed to unload their firearms at some point during the class and then inspected by this trainer. The instructor apparently didn’t check the condition of the firearm, pointed the gun at a human being, and then conducted a “trigger pull test” on that gun. Again, the instructor obviously did not check the condition of the gun he was given, shooting one of the students in the leg. Just because someone is in law enforcement or a firearms instructor doesn’t mean they are good or proficient with the tools of their trade. You must pay close attention to everything that goes on around you when firearms are involved. In training, at the gun show, or even in your favorite gun store.

Accident-Gram Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle

 

 

ACCIDENT-GRAM Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle

Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle

Setup- Sometimes, pocket carry can be dangerous- EVANSVILLE, IN – police tell us a man accidentally fired his gun inside Eastland Mall on Saturday afternoon. We were told the man was using the restroom near the food court and had a legal handgun in his jacket pocket. Police say when he took off his jacket, the gun hit the ground and accidentally caused the discharge. He was shot in his ankle and was rushed to the hospital. No one else was hurt.

Safety Violations- Accidents like this happen when people do not understand that a handgun must be secured in a holster to be safe. Basic criteria for a good holster is that it covers the trigger guard and trigger completely, that it will not fall out of the holster or the holster will not fall out of its location with the gun in it, and you can get a full grip on the gun to draw it properly. In addition, we talk about guns that are not drop safe in all my classes. It is your job to understand if your gun is drop safe.

Remedy- Use a proper holster for this kind of carry. Never leave a jacket or purse that has a gun in it unattended. If carrying in a pocket or purse situation I would want to have a drop safe handgun.

Conclusion- A handgun that is carried in a jacket or purse must be secure and be in the proper kind of holster for this kind of carry. The holster should meet the three criteria above and stay in place if you were to have to draw the handgun. Get professional training and guidance to avoid these accidents. Remember when re-holstering any handgun in a flimsy soft holster that does not keep the opening for the gun clear, you must remove the holster first and place the gun in it in a safe manner.

Accident-Gram Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car

 
ACCIDENT GRAM Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car

Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car

Setup- A Nervous Colorado shopper was handling their firearm in the automobile to see if it was loaded or unloaded before entering a local grocery store. The firearm discharged striking the floorboard and hitting the pavement under the automobile. No injuries were reported.

Safety Violations- Administrative handling of a firearm in day to day life is usually a bad idea. Most likely the trigger was pressed in this situation because guns don’t fire unless someone pulls the bang switch (trigger). I suspect that the person involved had poor loading and unloading skills and touched the trigger in the process of checking the handgun to see if it was loaded. Rule #3 was violated in this instance.

Remedy- Revisit the proper gun safety training techniques for loading and unloading a handgun. A handgun should be loaded and in a holster when leaving your home in the morning. If you are uneasy about having a loaded handgun in public leave it at home. Acquire the training necessary to have the confidence to handle your loaded handgun or leave it at home.

Conclusion- Some people actually believe that you can load a handgun when you need it. This is a big mistake. There is no time to load a handgun when a self-defense situation arises, and many times you will fumble the firearm because of the fear and commotion from the event.  That being said, administrative handling of firearms in public is a bad idea. You must be confident with your loaded handgun at all times or you are a hazard to yourself and everyone around you. Gun Safety Training and gun handling repetition will make you more confident about your ability to have a loaded firearm in your possession for self-defense and handle it properly.