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
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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