Wichita is on pace for a possible increase in accidental shootings in
2015 if the first three-plus months of the year are any indication,
There have been seven accidental shootings in
Wichita through April 20, police Lt. James Espinoza said. That compares
with 19 in all of 2013 and 24 last year.
“Obviously, any time we have an accidental shooting, it’s a concern,”
Wichita police Capt. Jeff Weible said. “We encourage people to practice
good firearm safety.”
As of July 1, no training will be required
for someone choosing to carry a concealed weapon, to holster a hidden
gun or carry one in a purse or backpack. Some local law enforcement
officials say they’re concerned that could lead to more shooting mishaps
like those seen recently in and around Wichita.