A member of TTAG’s eagle-eyed Armed Intelligentsia sent me a link to this story about a not so intelligent armed security guard’s negligent discharge. Quite what happened is a bit of mystery—which Aaron helped me analyze. First, the windup, courtesy Utah’s ksl.com: “A security guard at West Valley City’s driver’s license bureau accidentally fired his gun into the bathroom floor Wednesday morning while trying to fix a problem. About 7:30 a.m., a 23-year-old employee from Chapman Security was at the Driver’s License Division, 2780 W. 4700 South, when he noticed the thumb safety on his handgun was not engaged, said West Valley Police Sgt. Mike Powell . . .
The man went into the bathroom to fix the problem, but for an unknown reason kept his finger on the gun’s trigger while attempting to remedy the situation, Powell said. He accidentally fired a shot into the tile floor, he said.
No one was injured. Powell said charges would not likely be filed.
Simple question: what the hell happened? Aaron weighs in . . .
Your guess is as good as mine. However, when I lived in Utah, the only handguns I’ve seen on the security guys’ hips at DMV offices were either Glock 17s or a Baretta 92f. Of course a Glock doesn’t have a thumb safety, so that’s out. Still, if it was a 92f, engaging the safety de-cocks the hammer, thus putting it in DA for the first trigger pull (eliminating the need to carry it with the safety on). To accidentally pull the long and heavy 92f trigger would scream negligence, if you ask me. Supposing he had a 1911, that was cocked and locked, the only scenario I can envision is drawing with the trigger finger on the trigger and then gripping the gun with all four fingers so as to move the thumb up to reengage the thumb safety… then, boom.
Either way, pretty poor “owning” of the gun.
Similarly, there was a story about a year ago in Utah about a Concealed Firearm Permit holder in Utah who shot a hole through a toilet in a restaurant. The article said the guy had a Kahr and that it discharged when it dropped out of his IWB holster. I think I remember doing a milk spit when I read that. If THAT was true, I’m sure it would be the very first instance of a Kahr firing after being dropped from just a couple feet. Ever.
Funny how all this negligent discharge stuff happens in the bathroom. And, lest we forget, TTAG has run plenty of stories about cops who leave—and then lose—their gun in the bathroom.
At the risk of going all potty-mouthed, a responsible gun owner must have a routine for answering the call of nature without losing control of their weapon. Or their gun. Or guns.
Check the video above; it’s longer than any three bowel movements you might make but there’s some helpful information therein. And consider this tip from safariland.com
Once you have a reliable holster [i.e. one that doesn’t dump the gun if it’s not vertical] there’s a little trick that helps keep the belt and holster in place. Simply take the end of your belt on the holster side and double it back through the first loop. With most belts this will keep the belt from pulling back through the belt loops. Try this first with an unloaded weapon to make sure this works with your particular weapon, holster and wardrobe combination.