A Washington state reserve police officer candidate unintentionally shot himself during weapons training at the shooting range. The trainees were practicing pulling their guns from secure holsters.
According to officials, Reserve candidate Hebdon "accidentally lost control of his weapon as he pulled it from his holster. He lost his grip and tried to grab his gun instead of letting it fall and somehow one of his fingers got into the trigger and trigger housing." The weapon, a .45-caliber pistol, fired, and the bullet hit Hebdon in the abdomen before lodging in his right buttock.
Officials said it was an accidental discharge and does not necessarily mean Hebdon will fail the academy. "He's not losing his position but he will definitely be in remedial firearm instruction."
I suppose the fact that this incident will "not necessarily mean Hebdon will fail the academy" will be pleasing to many of our commenters. In the past I've suggested that one accident with a gun disqualifies the person for life. I realize that sounds extreme, but we're not talking about a little mistake here. We're talking about a .45 to the stomach.
What's your opinion? "Zero tolerance" has become so popular in other areas. Why don't we apply it to gun handling? Don't you think that would improve the quality of gun owners in general?
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