Richland, PA Giant Eagle (courtesy wpxi.com)

2 injured when gun goes off at Richland Giant Eagle Pennsylvania’s triblive.com headline proclaims. “Two people suffered superficial wounds from what appeared to be pieces of ceramic tile when a gun accidentally discharged as it hit the floor of a Giant Eagle in Richland.” Drop safe much? Apparently not. Then again, I’m not quite sure what to make of this description of gun owner Gerry R. Good’s negligent discharge . . .

When officers arrived, Good immediately told them that it was his gun that fell out of a fanny pack and accidentally went off, the complaint states. The gun is registered to Good, who has a permit to carry the weapon.

“Apparently when the gun fell out of the bag and onto the floor, it fell in such a way that the barrel hit the floor and somehow the gun went off, leaving the casing and round in the barrel of the gun,” the complaint states.

Speaking of complaining, why was Mr Good arrested for this [scarcely credible] ND when so many police who have a ballistic oopsie aren’t? Just wonderin’ . . .

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42 Responses to Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day: Drop Safe Edition

  1. That makes absolutely no sense at all. If the round is still in the barrel, then how was the tile broken? If he dropped the gun and it fired, then it is not a negligent discharge, but a products issue. But somehow I don’t think that is what happened.

  2. The gun went off… but the bullet and casing didn’t leave the barrel? I don’t even know how to interpret that. Squib load??? Maybe? That would explain the slide (assuming semi-auto) not cycling and the bullet not leaving the barrel… But that doesn’t make sense if people were hurt by broken ceramic tile from the floor.

    • Actually that kinda does make sense. If the slide is impeded when the pistol fires, the gun may not cycle properly. Contact pressure with the muzzle can do the same, or even stop the gun from firing. Muzzle hits floor, out of battery discharge, bullet hits floor and does not exit barrel. I can see that.

    • Series 70 1911, with the safety still on will keep the slide from cycling and trap the casing in the chamber.

        • It doesn’t say the bullet was still in the chamber, just that it was still in the barrel. It’s possible that the gun landed on its muzzle, inertia-fired the bullet, which hit the ceramic tile. The tile shattered, absorbing a lot of the energy, and since it was a contact shot, the bullet remained lodged in the muzzle. With no hand holding the frame still, the slide doesn’t go back all the way (a sort of no-hands limp-wrist), so the casing doesn’t eject from the chamber. That’s a one-in-a-million shot, though.

  3. “The gun is registered to Good”…

    Is it now? I thought were weren’t supposed to have one of those.

    You would be surprised how many people think a 4473 form IS a registration document. Which I suppose isn’t all that far from the truth.

      • PA does not have handgun registration as per 18 Pa.C.S. § 6111.4.

        “Notwithstanding any section of this chapter to the contrary, nothing in this chapter shall be construed to allow any government or law enforcement agency or any agent thereof to create, maintain or operate any registry of firearm ownership within this Commonwealth. For the purposes of this section only, the term “firearm” shall include any weapon that is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive or the frame or receiver of any such weapon.”

        • No, Pa definitely does have gun registration.
          The state police prefer the sophistry approach and lie about it by saying it’s not 100%, so that means it’s not “a complete” registration.
          But every single background check being done in Pa is being retained by the staties.
          They lost in court twice over this, but still refused to destroy the records cause “lol we am da law”. The third time was the charm for them, when they found a properly fascist leaning judge to agree with their scheme.

          http://www.repkrieger.com/NewsItem.aspx?NewsID=17481
          This has been going on for over a decade and a half, but somehow it’s still flying along under the radar.

        • Correct, Pa does not have registration that keeps track of your firearms, nowhere on the forms is there a serial number of the firearm or description, just background checks. The only way for police to trace the weapon is to have the weapon and back trace through the factory to dealer. Works for pistols, not so well on long guns.
          The background paperwork you do fill out also stays with your gun dealer, again, it only states you passed a background check, doesn’t say you bought anything or how many. I have purchased several guns on one background check.
          Much to the dismay of Maryland, somebody has to do real police work to trace your guns here.

      • I don’t know if that’s 100 percent. Several years back when I left active duty service and moved back home in PA, I applied for a CC permit and they never asked me what type of firearm I had or was planning to carry. And for people that travel to the state and CC with reciprocity agreements from another state are not required to register their firearms either.

  4. What, wait? The bullet didn’t leave barrel?

    So, what’s the problem here… If the round didn’t exit of the gun, then was just an expensive noise maker.

    How were people injured, did the gun hurt their feelings?

  5. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding this incident and it isn’t clear what actually happened. The first place to report it was the website for the extremely anti-gun Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and because of the way modern journalism works, every other news outlet has copy/pasted it from there and changed a few words in a poor attempt to make it look original.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/local/north/2015/01/23/Shoppers-injured-when-gun-goes-off-in-Richland-Twp-Giant-Eagle/stories/201501230210

    They say the gun “went off” but the round in the chamber didn’t discharge. Sounds to me like the gun didn’t go off, but since someone got hurt by apparently a tile that the gun landed on when it fell breaking (which I don’t buy, they probably got startled and banged their legs on their cart or a shelf) the “journalist” decided to say it went off.

  6. I think I got it: gun falls out, lands right on barrel face. Force of impact causes pin to move forward striking primer. Round goes off, slams into floor at end of barrel, stopping in barrel and shattering floor. Because trigger isn’t pulled, slide is locked and doesn’t cycle. Result.

    • But if the powder ignites and the bullet never leaves the barrel, the pressure build up would have to go somewhere, right? This would cause the firearm to potentially explode. Something somewhere has to give…

    • While it isn’t ideal there is nothing inherently wrong with carrying in a purse or fanny pack. As long as the gun has its own dedicated pocket and you aren’t an idiot who put other crap in there with your gun. I carry a gun in a fanny pack every day at the gym.

    • I always thought having testes and taste were good enough reasons for not carrying in a purse or fanny pack, respectively.

    • Whenever I got for runs, I carry a firearm on me with a chest pack (like tactical fanny pack, but on your chest). Been doing this for awhile now, no issues thus far, and I usually run anywhere from 3 to 5 miles.

  7. Revolver?

    Yeah, his story stinks or it’s just one of those weird – it really happened events.

    Anyway,

    Don’t fiddle wid it out in public. Applies to more than just your pee pee.

  8. Every first article about a gun incident will ALWAYS be wrong to some degree…the only question is HOW MANY ways is it wrong.

    It’s obvious that the reporter knows nothing about guns or he would explained the oddity of the occurrence.

  9. Holster or pocket carry in a pocket holster. And don’t touch your weapon unless it’s to defend yourself or others. No man purses, no fanny packs!

  10. All we know is that we don’t know.

    Drop-fires are practically impossible with modern guns… but if you get enough nitwits dropping guns eventually you’ll find the lucky guy who beats the odds.

    • How about if it had a heavily modified trigger? i.e. totally messed up the job and never tested it before loading it. Just a though.

  11. I’m with Forealz. Don’t play with your gun in public. I was entering the local Cabelas a few years ago when a women carry packages(around Christmas) dropped her little 38revolver on the cement. And laughed about it…Was it loaded? Probably…and with all the idiotic giant phone/I pads/tablets folks lug around I may just go with an old man fanny packLOL.

      • Reminds me of some sage advice for young (male) trial attorneys: when in front of a jury, don’t put your hands in your pockets. And if you do, don’t play with your keys.

  12. All kidding aside, as concealed carry permit holders, this is not the kind of publicity we need. We take on a great deal of responsibility when we strap on a loaded weapon; it is not something to be taken lightly. How the gun fell out of the fanny pack is unclear, but maybe another form of concealment is worth considering. As stylish as a fanny pack is, an IWB holster may be a better option.

  13. Carrying your pistol in a damn fanny pack is the problem! My as well have left it in the car since you would not get it out fast enough if you really needed it.

  14. “Apparently when the gun fell out of the bag and onto the floor, it fell in such a way that the barrel hit the floor and somehow the gun went off, leaving the casing and round in the barrel of the gun,”

    2 questions; how do you fire a shot but the round doesn’t leave the gun, and 2) how is it that the casing is in the barrel? Even if it’s a squib load, how does the casing end up down the barrel? Something smells about this, and it “ain’t” the smell of gun powder……..

  15. Keep in mind that nearly all discharges from dropped firearms are caused by trying to catch the gun, and inadvertently pulling the trigger. I’d say that’s what happened here, with the trigger being pulled just as the muzzle hit the floor, preventing the round from exiting the barrel.

  16. I wonder if it was one of the early production Ruger LCPs. Ruger had a recall on them because they could go off if dropped, this could have been one that never got sent back and fixed.

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