Bass Pro Shops’ store in Rancho Cucamonga, California has an upstairs firing range. Not that you’d know it from the website. “The store offers nearly 180,000 square feet of outdoor excitement including the area’s largest selection of quality gear for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and marine. Much more than a hunting and fishing store, however, Bass Pro Shops also offers equipment for hiking, backpacking, outdoor cooking and more. Shoppers will find outdoor apparel for men, women and children, along with a fine selection of outdoor, casual and athletic footwear. A gift and nature center serves up a wide variety of outdoor-related items from lamps and dishes to bird feeders and furniture.” Fishing instruction! Footwear workshops! Kids events! The gun range was on the lowest setting of down-low. Not anymore. dailybulletin.com reports:
A Chino Hills man who brought six guns to test fire at Bass Pro Shops accidentally shot a woman in the buttocks inside the store Sunday.
The 52-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, was checking in the weapons at the front desk when he noticed one of the guns had the hammer cocked. He reached for the .45-caliber weapon and it fired.
“(The bullet) exited through the bag, traveled about 40 yards away and hit a female shopper in the left side of her bottom,” said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Dorsey.
The round penetrated the woman’s clothing and gave her a minor wound, but didn’t penetrate. The round fell to the floor.
Explanation: box, not bag.
Customers bringing a firearm to Bass Pro Shhhhhhops gun range check their weapon(s) at the front desk. An employee places the firearm in a metal box and attaches a lock. Upstairs, another employee removes the weapon from the box and takes off the gun lock. We can assume that the box slowed down the .45 just enough to prevent a tragedy.
Bass Pro Shops PR did the damage control thing. Unfortunately, they missed irony class at Dark Side University. “Anyone can bring their gun in to shoot,” said Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops flackmeister. “We have policemen come in, other groups come in to learn gun safety.”