David J. Holiday Jr., 53, was pronounced dead after the incident that investigators are describing as a tragic accident.He was a military veteran, a gun enthusiast and still he shot himself in the head unintentionally.If someone who knew what he was doing around guns could do something so stupid, imagine all the less experienced gun owners out there.
Sgt. Seth Place of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department said that Morgan County 911 received the call reporting the accidental shooting at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night.
The accident occurred at Holiday's residence, located on Amoretta Lane off Highland Ridge Road in Morgan County. Place said it is believed that Holiday, described as a gun enthusiast, had invited some friends over to his residence for the purpose of either selling or giving away some firearms.
Place said it is believed the friends arrived sometime between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday. While Holiday was showing the pistols to his friends, witnesses told police that he stated he always keeps the firearms in his house unloaded.
According to Place, a witness said at one point Holiday picked up one of the pistols and raised it just above his head.
At that point the gun, which Holiday believed to be unloaded, discharged and he suffered a gunshot wound to the head.
Guns are dangerous. Gun owners, as a whole, are not as safe as the gun-rights crowd keep saying they are.
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