Watch Your Muzzle!

The incident that occurred in the gun store in Silver City recently in which a customer was shot by an employee who was unloading a handgun was totally preventable and has a very important lesson for all of us. KEEP YOUR MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION! Had this gun store employee (who certainly should have known better) followed this basic safety rule (never point the muzzle at something you do not want to destroy) this unfortunate event would not have occurred. We have no details as to why the handgun discharged…but in reality the why is somewhat immaterial. Had the muzzle been pointing in a safe direction at the time of discharge, regardless of why the handgun discharged, the customer would not have been harmed. The point I am trying to get across is this…ALWAYS WATCH YOR MUZZLE! And keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. The safety rules are there for a reason, and when you violate any of them, something bad can happen. Think long and hard about this, and re-examine your firearm safety habits. And remember, as an anonymous sage once stated, ‘any issues of liability will be decided by a jury of 12 people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty…’

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