One of the requirements of getting a concealed carry permit in California — yes, you can do that there, depending on the attitude of your local chief law enforcement officer — is undergoing up to 16 hours of training. According to state law, that curriculum includes “instruction on firearm safety, firearm handling, shooting technique, and laws regarding the permissible use of a firearm.”
Maybe that first part of that — the whole firearm safety and handling portion — should also be required of course instructors, too. According to the Desert Sun . . .
A Riverside man attending a firearms training class to get his concealed weapons permit was accidentally shot by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department trainer, the department told The Desert Sun.
Like us, you might be wondering why an instructor would ever point the business end of a handgun at a student since that violates one of the four cardinal rules of gun safety.
According to a department news release issued in response to questions from The Desert Sun, gun range staff inspect students’ firearms during the course and students are instructed to unload their guns.
During the inspection, the range staff member — a civilian instructor the department did not identify — administered a “trigger pull test” and shot the student in the leg. Range staff initially treated the injured man.
A “trigger pull test.” Uh huh. We’ve taken more than our share of training classes from some of the best in the business and can’t remember — even once — any of them talking about, let alone performing a “trigger pull test” to ensure a clear gun.
The “accidental discharge” is being investigated by both the sheriff’s Perris Station staff and the staff at the Ben Clark Training Center.
There was nothing “accidental” about what happened. It was a negligent discharge, pure and simple.
The four rules of firearm safety are simple and easy to learn. You have to break at least two of them for something bad to happen. The Riverside County trainer broke…well…pretty much all of them.
“Paramedics arrived and the citizen was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for a non-life-threatening wound,” according to the department’s statement.
Checking the status of a handgun isn’t rocket surgery. And it doesn’t involve either 1) pointing it at another person, or 2) pulling the trigger. Ever. If your instructor is pulling a gun’s trigger to determine if it’s loaded or not, that’s a good indication that you have the wrong instructor.