See, this is what scares me about the Guilty until proven guilty” red flag laws. Some one reporting you because of an accident or they dont like you”Exactly. and I have one of those idiot neighbors that we have a very rocky relationship and he's called police on me multiple times over the years for simply having a fire pit going, or supposedly being too loud with friends in the back yard.
Thanks BeeBee - that's pretty much how I felt when this happened. Totally shook my confidence up to the point where I didn't carry for a day or two. The whole "what could have happened" thoughts are terrifying... but the most searing reminder about why the most basic firearm safety rules can never be loosened up even for a moment. If I'd had a sand bucket then and pointed it towards that, even with a ND at least it would have been very very low risk of any damage/injury.I too had a ND in the house.. I was going to practice with snap caps.. Had them in a mag.. For whatever reason, somehow, I grabbed a live round mag, instead of the snap caps.. Luckily when doing anything such as dry firing, practicing , cleaning, etc where I have to pull the trigger I ALWAYS point it in the safest direction.. this time i pointed it towards the wood pile near the wood stove.. BANG!! went the "snap cap".. My wife was with me in the living room in the opposite direction.. I could not believe what I had just done. I got on my knees face to the ground, and just stayed there for a while.. Don't recall if I was praying, but might have been.. My wife was screaming at me... I was about to just give up guns, carrying, everything.. Never in my life have I felt so fallible, so ignorant, so inept and so stupid... It took a while before I even wanted to be around guns... I trust myself less these days because of it, and I try to be scrupulously careful, above and beyond. However, I still to this day don't trust myself as I would like to.. I feel much more fallible, and less certain of my presence of mind than I would like.. I PRAY to God these days regularly about my gun handling.. that I , those I love, and those around me are always kept safe.
It was an AWFUL experience, one I pray I will never repeat... I feel the remorse of the OP/// bob
Yeah, it had been a long time since i'd heard a handgun caliber (9mm) go off inside without earpro on. It is SO much louder than a rifle or shotgun shot outside hunting, and when you're not expecting it... heart attack time. What was odd was that my daughter who was two floors above me at the time said that she didn't even hear it... but she's a teen so for all I knew she had ear buds in blaring music...Thanks for the reminder on gun safety. I can imagine the deafening sound and the shock at first. I doubt if a lot of people have heard how loud the noise is when you discharge a gun in a confined space other than a shooting range. Glad that nobody was hurt. Lucky that the wood blocks were in that cabinet.