Recent Negligent Discharges at Gun Shows

You have probably read recently that there were five incidents at different gun shows in a single weekend.  Why do I call it a Negligent Discharge (ND) versus an Accidental Discharge (AD) since the individuals didn’t intend to fire a shot?  Because, if you are following the safety rules, you won’t have an accident.  There is negligence involved.

By all accounts the individuals involved were experienced shooters, understood the safety rules, and skipped at least one.  Luckily, while there were injuries, no one was seriously injured or killed.  The NRA safety rules call for us to:

1.)    ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction (that means where you will not injure someone or do significant property damage).

2.)     ALWAYS keep you finger off the trigger until ready to shoot (which includes knowing your target, and what is beyond, as well as being aligned to your target).

3.)    ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to shoot.  Had these rules been followed, there would not have been a discharge, therefore, negligence, or carelessness, was at fault in these situations.

If you have been shooting for a long time, you run a risk of becoming complacent.  You are accustomed to handling firearms, you are confident in your abilities…that can be a dangerous time unless you remember to ALWAYS follow the safety rules.

No one was injured in the writing of this post.

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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