And you thought hanging around your friendly neighborhood gun store, shooting the bull about the latest and greatest wondergun, was a fun way to pass some time away from the ball and chain. And it definitely can be. But as we’ve mentioned before, not all gun stores are filled with sticklers for safe gun-handling procedures. Just because a guy’s behind the counter doesn’t mean he knows the four rules from a hole in the ground. Or one in your head. If lasering involved real lasers, the interior of some retailers would look like a fourth of July fireworks display. But that’s OK…all those heaters being waived around by customers – and sometimes sales staff, too – are safe, unloaded guns for sale, right? Well…
That’s the problem. There’s just no way to know for sure. Hence the rule, every gun is always loaded. And one of them was very much loaded the other day when a customer at the aptly named One Shot Firearms in Wenatchee, Washington shot himself in the hand.
Wenatchee Police Sgt. Ken Britt said the accident happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when the customer was examining a loaded gun that an employee had been wearing.
Yep, the counter dude (dudette?) handed the customer his loaded carry piece to check out. Too bad neither of them knew how to clear a gun safely. Not when handing it off or when taking it from someone else. Then the perceptive patron managed to put his hand in front of the little hole. And pulled that curvy thing in the circle.
You know all that talk about situational awareness? It pretty much applies in a gun store just as much as it does on the street. Maybe more.