Monday, June 23, 2014

Alaska Lawful but Negligent Gun Owner Shoots His Wife Unintentionally - No Charges - Lengthy Investigation Ongoing

Wife Injured in Accidental East Anchorage Shooting

Local news reports

Anchorage police say a wife was injured Friday evening at an East Anchorage mobile home after her husband accidentally shot her. 

According to APD Sgt. Sean Case, officers were called at about 11:30 p.m. to the residence in the Mayflower Circle trailer park, at 1001 Boniface Pkwy. Several children were in the home at the time of the shooting. 

The wife was struck in the neck, but was conscious and breathing when she was taken to an area hospital late Friday. 

Case says it’s too early to determine whether any charges will be filed in the incident, with police continuing to investigate the matter early Saturday.

Why would it be "too early to determine if any charges will be filed?" They know who the negligent gun owner is, right?

As long as we give special treatment to civilian gun owners when they harm people with their negligence, we cannot expect improvement in the frequency of these incidents.


  1. Most likely the controlling factor is what charges will be brought. In the US, we have this thing called the 36 hour rule. They of course also take into account the potential for escape and further criminal acts.
    If it was truly an accident, he isn't going anywhere. He's likely at the hospital with his wife.

    1. The failure to arrest and charge guilty gun owners immediately makes the eventual no-charges easier to swallow. I wouldn't mind the delayed charges if those charges were assured.