So first watch the video. My Goodness it made me itch!
So let’s go over what’s there first. Cop in full uniform is browsing guns in a gun shop. The shop keeper hands the gun to him with a magazine inserted and the slide closed. Video it too grainy to make out the model of gun. If it was something like a Kel-Tec P3AT or Ruger LCR maybe it doesn’t have a slide stop. Still the person behind the counter committed a serious error, but we’ll get to that. Still from the grainy video it looks to me like a Colt Mustang, or a SIG P238…but again the video grainy as hell.
Cop takes the gun, and there 6 people in the frame. He muzzles ALL OF THEM, he then decides that the best place to keep his left hand is in front of the muzzle. He racks the slide…I don’t see a live round get ejected…but this means the gun had a loaded magazine in the well. Bad on the shop for letting this get by inspection, and bad on the person behind the counter for not fully clearing the gun.
Of course bad on the cop for not clearing the gun himself. NEVER trust a gun handed to you, even if the gun is open, or you saw the person clear it. Check for yourself, it only takes a second.
Still the biggest blunder is he then tests the trigger with his hand in front of the muzzle!!! WHY???? The gun discharges, hits the officer in his hand, and thankfully misses the guy in the blue jeans who also happens to be down range.
Now onto the story:
A former Glasgow police officer is suing a Barren County gun store after being handed a loaded gun from under the counter and accidentally shooting his finger off.
Technically speaking the gun WASN’T loaded, and the officer loaded it as he negligently handled the gun.
He then held the gun after receiving it from under the counter. Smith began to examine the gun and then cocked it. The gun was actually loaded and fired, shooting off part of Smith’s index finger.
Smith’s attorney, Alan Simpson, said the incident caused him to lose his job as a police officer, and the suit is to make up for income he’s lost.
I for one am glad this officer is off the street. Do you think he handled his duty weapons any differently than this? Now to be fair, when you’re at a gun shop, it’s a rare occurrence to NOT be muzzled if the shop is doing heavy business. Much of that is shopper negligence, but sometimes it’s just the nature of handling lots of guns in a confined space. Still most of the people who are a bit lax with their muzzle control are newer shooters, not the “only ones” who are allegedly qualified to handle firearms.
The lawsuits claims the Barren Outdoors employee didn’t do a safety check on the gun, and therefore Smith is suing for negligence.
It was indeed negligent, I don’t know if it deserves to go to court. Frankly it’s just good business and self-preservation for gun stores to clear and inspect every firearm before handing them to customers, because if the person is lax with gun handling, like this officer, the first person to be muzzle-swept is the person who handed them the gun. While I can’t fault the customer 100%, because people who venture into gunshops are sometimes BRAND NEW shooters who aren’t familiar with all the way guns work. They may not know how to drop the magazine, or lock the slide back. They may not know all the procedures to clear a gun.
Still given that this guy had a semi-auto of his own on his hip, he DID know how to clear a firearm like this, and probably has a certification on his record. Further I assume during police weapons training and certification they drum into you NEVER to treat a gun as if it’s unloaded, or to simply assume, or take somebody’s word for it that it was unloaded.
I guess I think the suit would make a LOT more sense if the shooter was indeed a brand-new shooter, rather than somebody who has been officially trained to NEVER do all the things that he did on camera.
Last up, I thought I’d share this telling of the story:
A former Glasgow, Scotland police officer is suing a gun shop after he accidently shot his index finger off with a loaded gun handed to him by a clerk.
Officer Darrell Smith walked into Barren Outdoors gun store in March and asked to see a .380 caliber handgun, WBKO-TV reported.
When the clerk handed him the weapon, Smith began to examine it. Upon examining the powerful handgun, he cocked it and the gun went off. Smith shot a portion of his left index finger off.
Heh yeah, a cop from Galsgow SCOTLAND just happened to walk into a gun store in full uniform, that ironically happened to be Glasgow Kentucky! (BTW I knew a woman once who moved from Cambridge England to Cambridge Mass) And of course a pocket .380 is a “powerful Handgun”.
Good job guys! Also go ahead and read the comments if you want some LOLz!