An accident at a Kansas gun range got the range owner talking about safety. His rules are ones that are always important to remember.
Last week, a man shot himself in the hand at Range 54 in Wichita, Kansas. The range owner, Ken Grommet, says it was an unfortunate accident. He goes on to say that accidents like this happen even with extensive training.
Grommet took the opportunity while speaking out about the accident to remind people of the four basic principles of gun safety:
1. Treat every gun as if it’s loaded.
2. Don’t point a gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off of the trigger until your sights are on your target.
4. Know your target, and what’s beyond it.
“If you keep those four things in mind then people are generally gonna be safe gun users.” Grommet said.
When the man shot himself in the hand, it appears he had his finger on the trigger. “He was working on a maneuver where he was shooting with his weak hand, had an incident occur where he got his hand in front of the gun, trigger was pulled and he was injured,” Grommet said. The man who shot himself was trained and had a military background, according to the article. We stress training and reminders like this because even people who have trained for years have lapses of judgement and safety. The more reminders you give yourself to follow the basic safety rules, the less likely it is that you will be involved in an accident like this.
Grommet said people who use guns more often sometimes get more comfortable around them. Never become complacent when your gun is involved! Don’t believe it can happen to you?
On May 4, a Michigan firearms instructor accidentally shot and wounded a man attending a gun training class. In this incident the 44-year-old instructor was leading a concealed carry permit class conducting a class when he “pulled his gun out of its holster, pointed it at the door separating the two classrooms and fired a round.” A 39-year-old Detroit man in another classroom was struck in both legs. The instructor has not been arrested but could face charges in the shooting.