Skip to comments.Man killed by his own concealed weapon
Posted on 11/20/2011 8:51:58 PM PST by smokingfrog
A Spotsylvania County man with a valid concealed-weapon permit died after a semi-automatic pistol without an external safety discharged as he tried to adjust the weapon, which was tucked into his waistband, investigators have concluded.
The 45-year-old man was sitting in the front seat of his family's minivan in a shopping center parking lot on Sunday when his .40-caliber Glock discharged, authorities said.
"For some reason, maybe for comfort, he reached out and went to adjust it," said Spotsylvania sheriff's Capt. Liz Scott. "The detective thinks that in doing so in just grabbing it he inadvertently grabbed the trigger."
"This particular weapon does not have an external safety," Scott added.
The single shot struck the man in the hip and he bled to death in a matter of minutes, the captain said.
The incident is at least the second in Virginia in 15 months in which a concealed-carry permit holder accidentally shot himself in public.
On Sept. 11, 2010, a Bedford County man with a permit accidentally shot himself in the thigh at a Lynchburg restaurant as he apparently reached into his pants pocket to pay a bartender for a beer. The .45-caliber Glock 36 was unholstered. Permit holders are not permitted to drink alcohol in restaurants while carrying a concealed weapon.
The man was later convicted of recklessly handing a firearm, given a 30-day suspended jail sentence and fined $500. He also was ordered to give up his concealed-carry permit for a year.
In the Spotsylvania case, police said the victim was sitting inside his family's van with his four children outside the Giant grocery store in the Harrison Crossing shopping center.
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Those damn Glocks cry out for those professional enough to carry them!
That leaves me out..
What’s your point?
He pulled on the trigger enough to disengage the trigger safety?
I am still partial to a 1911.
Yeah, Glocks have that super-sophisticated danger - pulling the trigger fires the weapon.
That's why, out of tens of millions of Glocks, there's so many accidental firings...
oh, wait a minute...
If you're going to carry a gun, do it the right way. Like the story points out, you shouldn't carry a gun without a holster. Especially a Glock.
To carry a pistol with a CHAMBERED round in it, I believe—is contrary to all safety training.
What do those Freepers with a CC permit say?
First firearms safety is your brain. Disengage that and bad things happen.
Condition One is safer than a Glock, I think.
Plus, most 1911s are carried on the hip rather than in the crotch. I have a Taurus Millenium I carry on occasion where the sun don’t shine (warm weather) but its DA striker with a safety.
Holsters are your friends.
I never understood the reasoning behind the Glock’s safety - but that’s just me and my limited experience. I bought a Springfield XDM as a first pistol as I liked the safety on the rear of the grip and the way it felt and shot.
Is always in a holster, and always has a round chambered.
Perhaps. Right, wrong or indifferent, I have been carrying my Glock 22 with a chambered round for ten years. The difference here is I always carry in the proper holster. Always.
I find an inside the pants soft holster, secured firmly to a leather belt and the waist of your pants is very secure, yet easy to pull, if the need to do so ever comes.
Get to the range often and practice, practice, practice is what we preach to the ladies we teach in our Second Amendment Sister classes.
Walther PP style pistols are designed to be carried with a round in the chamber. And the double action on my P64 is so stiff it’s pretty much impossible to fire it by accident.
Disagree, but it’s a matter of training and practice. If you’re carrying a revolver, no big deal. But, if you’re carrying a semi-auto, can you guarantee you’ll have time to rack the slide?
That is incorrect. My CHL trainer carries a chambered, hammer cocked, 1911 45. I don’t carry chambered because I have kids.
He must have hit his femoral artery.
Dang! I just hate it when that happens!