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Man Accidentally Shot While Cleaning Gun

GRPDGRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man was taken to the hospital Thursday after he accidentally shot himself in the stomach while he was cleaning his gun.

According to Grand Rapids Police, the man sustained non-life threatening injuries and made the 911 call himself.  Crews responded around 7:45 p.m. to the residence in the 1000 block of Oaklawn Street NE.

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3 Comments to “Man Accidentally Shot While Cleaning Gun”

    real said:
    December 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Please check your guns never assume empty he got hurt others have died. You owe yourself and your family..

    Brown Bear said:
    December 7, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The 12 Golden rules for Safe Gun Handling
    1. Always treat the gun as loaded.
    2. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
    3. Always keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
    4. Always keep the gun unloaded until you are ready to use it.
    5. Never point the gun at anything you don't intend to destroy.
    6. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
    7. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the gun you are using.
    8. Always use proper Ammunition.
    9. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before loading and shooting.
    10. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, hold your shooting position for several seconds; then with the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, carefully unload the gun.
    11. Don't rely on the gun's safety to keep it from firing.
    12. Be aware of your surroundings when handling guns so you don't trip or lose your balance and accidentally point and/or fire the gun at anyone or anything.

    guninsuranceblog said:
    December 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    At any given time the average gun handler is following most of Brown Bear's rules. So most people don't have an accident on most days. If we could just forget about the other days.

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