Negligent Discharge Of A Gun And How It Happens
Negligent Discharge Of A Gun And How It Happens by Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
Are you a gun owner?
I want you to think seriously about negligent discharges and how they happen.
They don’t happen from failed safety mechanisms.
They don’t happen because you dropped the gun.
The gun doesn’t just “go off”.
They do happen when they are allowed to happen.
It is almost always a human finger pressing the trigger.
I was reading the latest issue of Concealed Carry Magazine and I wanted to share with you the pertinent information from an article “How It Happens” (the negligent discharge of a firearm).
Think it won’t happen to you? Hopefully not!
Here’s how it happens:
Information sourced from The United States Concealed Carry Association
Counting On The Chamber Being Empty
Any time you press a trigger but do not intend to shoot, you’re counting on that chamber being empty.
The following has to be front and center in your mind every time you handle a gun:
“If I press this trigger, a bullet will come out of that end unless I’ve personally ensured this specific gun is unloaded.”
This is the nexus of almost every single negligent discharge that occurs: Someone presses the trigger without personally guaranteeing that the gun is unloaded. It sounds ridiculously simple, but that’s how it happens.
When A Loaded Gun Is Left Out Of Sight
Any time you load a gun, set it down and walk away, you’re drastically increasing the chances of a negligent discharge.
“gun owner leaves gun loaded and then forgets he did so”
Always check the gun to see if it’s loaded, even if you think it’s not.
During Disassembly / Field Stripping
When you combine not knowing the exact condition of the firearm you’re disassembling with sometimes loading a firearm and then leaving it unattended, you’re almost guaranteeing a negligent discharge.
When some bonehead shot his finger off trying to field-strip his loaded pistol…
You get the idea…