Every now and then we stumble upon a story of an irresponsible gun owner who comes clean. The miscreant admits the four-rule firearms folly that led to his or her negligent discharge. These mea culpas are the exception to the rule. While the cause of gun safety would be well served by NDers putting their hands up (so to speak), most irresponsible gun owners know that telling the truth about their gun safety violation could land them in considerable legal difficulty. Here’s a refreshingly honest case [via whio.com] that gives a full accounting of how things went badly, ballistically wrong. Or does it . . .
A man said he accidentally shot himself when a gun he bought in the street jammed.
Police met up with the 36-year-old after he showed up at Miami Valley Hospital Saturday afternoon, according to the Dayton police report.
He was treated for a gunshot wound to his upper left arm. He told police it happened in a creek area off Norris Drive, according to the report.
The man reported he went there to test fire a gun he had bought from a man named, “Crack Head Dave,” according to the report.
The gun jammed on him, and it discharged as he worked to dislodge the bullet, according to the report.
Police said the man reported he threw the gun into the creek and had his wife drive him to the hospital.
Officers never found the gun and police did not pursue charges.
I wonder how hard it is to find someone – some one – named Crackhead Dave in Dayton Ohio.
Anyway, remember this simple lesson, fellow gun owners: when a gun jams, wait a minute with the firearm pointed in a safe direction. KEEP the gun pointed in a safe direction as you work to clean the malfunction. Otherwise there could be some IGOTD hardware in your future.