Complacency Leads to Carelessness

This is one of those “Never Live It Down” moments that every firearms instructor dreads.

Good and talented instructors have been laid low by failing to follow safety procedures.


  • Separate the equipment and props for the classroom from the stuff you bring to the range.
  • Check every gun prior to starting class.
  • Be ABSOLUTELY SURE that there is no live ammunition in the classroom.
  • Only snap caps should be allowed in the classroom.
  • Smaller classes are safer.


Ohio instructor shoots student in gun-safety class


Published August 13, 2013

| Associated Press


LANCASTER, Ohio –  Police say an instructor of a gun-safety class in central Ohio accidentally shot a student during the weekend.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 73-year-old Terry J. Dunlap Sr. was demonstrating a hand gun on Saturday at a training facility when he fired a bullet that bounced off a desk and into the right arm of Michael Piemonte.

The 26-year-old student says the .38-caliber bullet hit him between his elbow and armpit. He says many of the students in the class were nurses who helped stabilize him before he was transported to a Columbus hospital.

Piemonte tells the newspaper it appears that Dunlap did not know that the gun was loaded. Dunlap did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A police report lists the incident as an accidental shooting.



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