Jeff at Alphecca has scooped me on a local story, or local enough -- seems the Connersville Police Chief was at his local gun store looking at nice, new Glock,* very much like the official one he carries every day, and somehow (ahem!), he managed to shoot himself in the leg with his own gun.
"Somehow." Well, NDs do happen, and he doesn't seem to have been badly injured; but there's a reason the "N" in Negligent Discharge stands for "negligent." As in "neglect;" as in, "they really are all loaded all the time."
One of the things that makes gun store employees cringe back from the counter and that prompts gun stores to post either "No Loaded Firearms" or "Holstered Guns Must Stay Holstered" is the "holster check:" J. Random Customer is looking at the latest-greatest, and wonders aloud if it'll "...fit the same holster as Ol' Betsy..." Next thing you know, he's hauled up his jacket and is unlimbering his sidearm in accordance with his usual habits, good, bad or indifferent as they may be. Sometimes this results in a "bang." Other times, it doesn't, or perhaps there's no loud noise and excitement until he re-holsters. Mostly it goes okay -- but betting on "mostly" is a game for suckers.
Even Police Chiefs can lose at it. I don't know if that's exactly what happened in Connersville but I wouldn't bet against it.
Carry it. Stop touching it. If you need to draw, draw; otherwise, hands off. Quoth Chief Councellor: “I need to pay more attention,” he said. “I know what the dangers are. It was pure carelessness on my part.”
Yep. Four Rules. --And a fifth bit of advice: stop touching it.
* Now someone's going to say, "Well, Glock..." Except there's not really so much difference between a Glock trigger and a well-run DAO trigger, and no firearm is immune to careless handling. See what the Chief said? That. Take it to heart.
8 months ago