Friday, June 7, 2013

Did You Get Hurt?

I almost never have to ask that question because action shooting sports are, on the whole, pretty safe events. Rather, I find that it is usually the people that take a fly-by-night, as opposed to methodical, approach to safety that end up negligently discharging firearms, often with fatal consequences.

Don't be that guy.

Remember Cooper's 4 Rules and the purpose they serve:
  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule.
  4. Identify your target, and what is behind it.

As we move into the weekend, looking forward to great matches at Oak Park, we flag this cautionary tale and refer to an incident close to home in which a several were hurt, hopefully without severe injury!
As many as 10 people were injured when a St. Charles man accidentally fired his gun at an Elburn-area gun club, police said.

About 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the man had just completed shooting at the St. Charles Sportsman’s Club, 44W471 Keslinger Road, just outside Elburn, where he is a member, said Kane County Sheriff’s police.

In the clubhouse, the man was about to put away his 12-gauge shotgun, police said. Thinking he had placed a snap cap – a device that preserves the firing pin during storage – into the gun the man actually loaded a live round, police said.

He then pulled the trigger while the shotgun was aimed at the floor, discharging the gun. The fired ammunition ricocheted up and hit several people in the clubhouse, police said.

Three people--a 31-year-old West Chicago man, a 60-year-old Somonauk man and a 14-year-old Geneva boy-- were taken to Delnor Hospital in Geneva with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. About seven others, including the shooter, were treated at the scene, police said.

Because the incident was an accident, police said there will be no criminal charges.