Local news reports
A Clinton County man suffered a gunshot wound Monday night to his right leg when the handgun he was using to target practice allegedly discharged as he was replacing it in its holster.The injured man, Terry C. Stephens, 53, told the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office he had been target practicing at a private shooting range when he accidentally shot himself in the leg.
“He stated that he had accidentally shot himself in the right leg while attempting to re-holster his .38 caliber handgun,” said Deputy Timothy Smith of the sheriff’s office.
“The EMS (emergency medical squad) on scene stated that the bullet did not go through his leg but had tore a significant chunk of flesh from his leg,” Smith said.
Stephens has a concealed carry permit and also had permission to target shoot on Beam’s property, according to the sheriff’s office which is continuing the investigation as an accidental gunshot.
You see, this is the way you do it. Admit your mistake, call it what it is even when the news reporters try to soft-sell it as a handgun having "allegedly discharged" all by itself.
When you do that and don't lie to the police, you don't even get a slap on the wrist. Of course, you should lose (originally "love") your right to own and use guns, but by playing your cards right, you can keep your precious guns and your precious CCW permit and go on your merry way.
What's your opinion? Is this acceptable? Is there really any way something like this can be excused?