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Idaho woman sentenced for mailing loaded .357 Magnum; gun accidentally fires at Springfield mail processing center

A Rugar Blackhawk .357 Magnum, similar to the one shown here, accidentally discharged at the Springfield mail processing center in December. The Idaho woman who mailed the loaded weapon was given probation for a year and ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in fines and restitution. (Submitted photo)

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A 47-year-old Idaho woman was given a year of probation in federal court Wednesday after admitting to mailing the loaded .357 magnum handgun that accidentally fired last December at the Springfield mail processing center, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
No one was injured at the Springfield facility when the gun went off on Dec. 4, but one worker who was holding the package when the gun fired had to be treated at a hospital for ringing in the ears and stinging hands, said the office of Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney for the state of Idaho.
Tami Dee Bachart of McCall, Idaho, pleaded guilty in May to charges of mailing injurious articles, and causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Bachart to a year of probation, to perform 200 hours of community service and pay $4397.28 in restitution and fines. During sentencing, Winmill noted that Bachart made a mistake and did not intend to hurt anyone. However, he cautioned her that her mistake could very well have resulted in the loss of life.
According to the plea agreement, Bachart admitted to depositing package containing the loaded .357 Ruger Blackhawk revolver and ammunition at the post office in McCall. The package was addressed to a location in Windsor, Connecticut.
While in transit to Connecticut, the package was brought to the Springfield facility off Page Boulevard for processing. A postal service employee picked up the box and the gun fired.
The case was investigated by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
When interviewed later by postal inspectors and local police in McCall, Bachart denied knowing that the firearm loaded when she put it in the package. She also denied that she intended to hurt anyone.
Federal law prohibits the mailing of concealable firearms, except under limited circumstances as prescribed in the U.S. Postal Service regulations. Federal law also prohibits the mailing of ammunition.
 

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Idaho woman sentenced for mailing loaded .357 Magnum; gun accidentally fires at Springfield mail processing center

A Rugar Blackhawk .357 Magnum, similar to the one shown here, accidentally discharged at the Springfield mail processing center in December. The Idaho woman who mailed the loaded weapon was given probation for a year and ordered to pay nearly $5,000 in fines and restitution. (Submitted photo)

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A 47-year-old Idaho woman was given a year of probation in federal court Wednesday after admitting to mailing the loaded .357 magnum handgun that accidentally fired last December at the Springfield mail processing center, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
No one was injured at the Springfield facility when the gun went off on Dec. 4, but one worker who was holding the package when the gun fired had to be treated at a hospital for ringing in the ears and stinging hands, said the office of Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney for the state of Idaho.
Tami Dee Bachart of McCall, Idaho, pleaded guilty in May to charges of mailing injurious articles, and causing a firearm to be present in a federal facility.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill ordered Bachart to a year of probation, to perform 200 hours of community service and pay $4397.28 in restitution and fines. During sentencing, Winmill noted that Bachart made a mistake and did not intend to hurt anyone. However, he cautioned her that her mistake could very well have resulted in the loss of life.
According to the plea agreement, Bachart admitted to depositing package containing the loaded .357 Ruger Blackhawk revolver and ammunition at the post office in McCall. The package was addressed to a location in Windsor, Connecticut.
While in transit to Connecticut, the package was brought to the Springfield facility off Page Boulevard for processing. A postal service employee picked up the box and the gun fired.
The case was investigated by U.S. Postal Service inspectors and agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
When interviewed later by postal inspectors and local police in McCall, Bachart denied knowing that the firearm loaded when she put it in the package. She also denied that she intended to hurt anyone.
Federal law prohibits the mailing of concealable firearms, except under limited circumstances as prescribed in the U.S. Postal Service regulations. Federal law also prohibits the mailing of ammunition.
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it must have been cocked .

problem with guns, out of the millions that own them when one idiot makes a big mistake and it is headline news.
walmart with the 2 year old shooting the mother is a example.

there are thousands of car accidents every day, how many people cut or burn themselves everyday. thats not headline news.
 

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The newer Blackhawks use a transfer bar I think, which would make this situation nearly impossible. But older ones required you to rest the hammer on an empty chamber to keep it safe. If it was crammed into a box,with a live round under the hammer and the hammer contacting the wall of the box, then that box was handled the way USPS handles boxes, the hammer could have gotten hit in a way that made the gun go off.

Unbelievable, how stupid some people are yet still live long enough to make mistakes like this. Darwin should've taken her out years ago.
 

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The newer Blackhawks use a transfer bar I think, which would make this situation nearly impossible. But older ones required you to rest the hammer on an empty chamber to keep it safe. If it was crammed into a box,with a live round under the hammer and the hammer contacting the wall of the box, then that box was handled the way USPS handles boxes, the hammer could have gotten hit in a way that made the gun go off.

Unbelievable, how stupid some people are yet still live long enough to make mistakes like this. Darwin should've taken her out years ago.
Correct, according to Wikipedia ...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_Blackhawk

The early models of the Blackhawk still operated the same way as the Colt, in that the hammer was half-cocked to load and unload and that the firearm was not safe to carry with all six chambers loaded due to the hammer resting upon the sixth chamber. In 1973, in order to eliminate accidents occurring from the hammer jarring against a round loaded in the sixth chamber, Ruger introduced the New Model Blackhawk. The New Model Blackhawk did not require the hammer to be half-cocked for loading and unloading, and it employed a transfer bar mechanism which prevented the cartridge under the hammer from being fired without the trigger being pulled. The New Blackhawk was seen as limiting firearms accidents and legal liability. Ruger then began offering a retrofit program, offering free transfer bar conversions to earlier variants of the Blackhawk.
 

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...and then deny that she knew it was loaded...total bs...too bad she didn't look down the barrel first to check ..probably the type who searches for a gas leak with a match..
 
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