or, The Dangers Of Administrative Gun-Handling
There was a negligent discharge outside the Indy 1500 yesterday. About the time Tam and Shootin' Buddy were departing, a man reloading a "45 caliber semi-automatic" handgun put a bullet right through his hand.
The local firearms community is not impressed. Neither, I suspect is the guy who did it: when I arrived, a couple of hours later, police at the entry were still talking about it, "Yep, right through the palm of his hand, pow!" Yeesh.
There's a lesson here -- past "don't be an idiot" -- about excessive, unneccessary gun-handling. The 1500 has a blanket "all firearms must be unloaded and peace-bonded*" rule, and that includes the sidearm you carry for self-defense. Your options are A) keep it concealed and lie to the nice people (not really proper and you'd better be darned sure concealed is concealed, or you go home early), B) lock your loaded gun in your car (bit of a security worry) or C) unload before going in, get the ziptie, then cut it off and reload once you're back outside. Option C is complicated by the total lack of any sand barrels (etc.) and a shortage of nearby exposed landscaping but it's what most people do.
For most of them -- Tam, SB and me, for instance -- this has worked just fine. But any unnecessary gun-handling carries some risk and when you add likely factors of being flustered, inexperienced and/or complacent, the odds of a ND become non-zero.
There's a local gunshop/range that has a sign at the door: LOADED FIREARMS MUST REMAIN HOLSTERED. Would that work at the 1500? I don't know. I do know the Four Rules are there for a good reason, and are not to be ignored even when it's just you reloading your own gun.
* I'm told this is more of a SF 'con/Renn. Fair expression, referring to the ribbons or zipties used to formally "secure" large bladed weapons and simulacra in their sheaths, but it fits here, too -- those orange tie-wraps are largely symbolic.
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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