“As for what happened, yes, I did make a mistake by placing a handgun under the front seat of my vehicle, and that mistake lead to a horrible accident. However, this is not something that is rare. A very large number of people place a gun under their seat every single day, I can only hope that what happened to me will help to open their eyes to what can happen by doing so.”
Off body carry is (per Claude Werner) “not for beginners, although beginners often do it”.
“The safety was not off. I was not shot with the compact 1911 that was shown in pictures. It was a Springfield Mod 2. That particular handgun does not have a thumb safety.”
NEVER assume that your child is unable to operate your gun.
Jamie Gilt’s four year old son was able to deactivate the Springfield XD Mod. 2 grip safety and while pulling the trigger on his mother’s gun.
“I realize that many of the classes offered are seriously lacking and I plan to do my best to improve that.
Jamie Gilt does have a point. Far too many concealed carry classes teach the bare minimum legally required for a permit and don’t even mention pitfalls (off-body carry, crappy nylon holsters, etc) that new gun owners and people new to carrying a gun can fall into.
Such state-mandated minimal training can give the undiscerning a false sense of security and make the student think that they have learned all that they need to know in a short 2 hour course in a truck trailer at a gun show.
- Instructors “don’t know what they don’t know”
- Instructors get lazy and decide to teach the bare minimum
- A segment of customers demand classes that are as short as possible and as inexpensive as possible which drives down the quality of a class if the instructor decides to tailor it to that market.
“I will be teaching classes as soon as I am ready, and I will continue to share my story in hopes that it will help just one person make a different decision or get a little more training.”