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BAD: Man charged for accidentally firing gun

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    Unhappy BAD: Man charged for accidentally firing gun

    How does a .357 Magnum Revolver just go off when holstering? Should the gun have been cocked? And, it would take quite a pull to fire as double-action wouldn't it?

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    This is careless that could have turned tragic. I can't argue with taking his CC until he completes some safety classes, but I don't think it should be taken permanently.
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    I worked for several years at a shooting range. We had plenty of people do this type of accidental discharge. I almost got my foot blown off once. I found that many people keep their finger on the trigger and pull the trigger unconsciously. They are as surprised as anyone when the gun goes off. I still find it concerning when I see how many people really have no idea of safe gun handling, many of which have their CC permit. This type of irresponsibility will only work against us.

    Just a few weeks ago at my local range a fellow needed more targets so he left the firing line and walked into the main showroom still carrying his loaded weapon. Swinging the gun around unaware of what he was doing. All gun people don't act or think alike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by accessbob View Post
    How does a .357 Magnum Revolver just go off when holstering? Should the gun have been cocked? And, it would take quite a pull to fire as double-action wouldn't it?
    Single-action revolver, like a Ruger Blackhawk, and finger on the trigger when holstering is a likely cause.
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    This guy might be more careful if he had a SmartCarry holster.

    I am having trouble reconstructing this in my head. Did he have a shoulder holster? If he had a normal OTW holster wouldn't the round go into the floor next to his foot not through a wall. Wonder what the truth is?
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    good; he should be charged

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elk Hunter View Post
    I am having trouble reconstructing this in my head. Did he have a shoulder holster? If he had a normal OTW holster wouldn't the round go into the floor next to his foot not through a wall. Wonder what the truth is?
    I suppose it could have traveled through the floor into a room below. I was wondering the same thing.

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    Never have seen a gun accidently go off. Stupid is usually involved.

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    He must have been squeezing the trigger for his final safety check

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    I worked for several years at a shooting range. We had plenty of people do this type of accidental discharge. I almost got my foot blown off once. I found that many people keep their finger on the trigger and pull the trigger unconsciously. They are as surprised as anyone when the gun goes off. I still find it concerning when I see how many people really have no idea of safe gun handling, many of which have their CC permit. This type of irresponsibility will only work against us.

    Just a few weeks ago at my local range a fellow needed more targets so he left the firing line and walked into the main showroom still carrying his loaded weapon. Swinging the gun around unaware of what he was doing. All gun people don't act or think alike.
    WTH!

    That's crazy!

    I hope he got his tail handed to him by somebody for being so careless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    He must have been squeezing the trigger for his final safety check
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    I worked for several years at a shooting range. We had plenty of people do this type of accidental discharge. I almost got my foot blown off once. I found that many people keep their finger on the trigger and pull the trigger unconsciously. They are as surprised as anyone when the gun goes off. I still find it concerning when I see how many people really have no idea of safe gun handling, many of which have their CC permit. This type of irresponsibility will only work against us.

    Just a few weeks ago at my local range a fellow needed more targets so he left the firing line and walked into the main showroom still carrying his loaded weapon. Swinging the gun around unaware of what he was doing. All gun people don't act or think alike.
    From my experience with ranges I have found out that the local gun clubs or county ranges that have no RSO and everybody polices themselves to be much safer than the ones that have strict rules and have RSO's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Single-action revolver, like a Ruger Blackhawk, and finger on the trigger when holstering is a likely cause.
    Do people actually carry a single-action revolver for self defense? I guess it is possible but seems a little "old west" when you have double action revolvers which would be more efficient. But I guess without additional details we won't know and we'll probably never know unless we do a public records request for the police report.
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    so, lets handle everyone who discharges a gun equally---
    2 of 8 items i found ...

    2/11/03 off-duty Capitol police officer ....never charged

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    3/08/12....never charged and there were injuries!

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    i could go on but the point is—when the police do it, no penality—
    when a civilian does it—most lose their permits and face felony charges.

    I see a system that works for itself. And very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claude clay View Post
    so, lets handle everyone who discharges a gun equally---
    2 of 8 items i found ...

    2/11/03 off-duty Capitol police officer ....never charged

    (CT) Officer Whose Gun Discharged Will Not Be Charged - THR

    3/08/12....never charged and there were injuries!

    Two officers shot during training exercise - WFSB Channel 3

    i could go on but the point is—when the police do it, no penality—
    when a civilian does it—most lose their permits and face felony charges.

    I see a system that works for itself. And very well.
    You are so right. Special treatment exists, regardless of the claims to otherwise. It also extends to famous people, many times (not always but a lot of the time). It would be nice if justice could be fairly applied to all. But alas, as long as there are people who are applying it, there will always be inequalities.
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