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Police: Man shoots self in leg at gun show

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Authorities say a Georgia man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a Savannah gun show.

Police say 26-year-old Charles Lake was leaving the gun show at the Savannah Civic Center around 5:10 p.m. Sunday when he discharged a round into his leg while re-loading his pistol.

Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Julian Miller says Lake bought the pistol at the gun show on Saturday and had returned Sunday to purchase another gun. Police say he was re-loading the pistol in the parking lot because loaded guns weren't allowed inside the gun show.

The Savannah Morning News reports Lake was taken to Memorial University Medical Center with an injury not considered life-threatening. No other injuries were reported.

Savannah-Chatham police are investigating the incident.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46280351/ns/us_news-weird_news/
 

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shit happens, just gotta be more careful next time I guess.
 

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Diagnosis: Mental Retardation
 

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Never, ever reload with you're finger on the trigger.
 

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This does not make sence to me.  How does one have one in the chamber while loading?  If it was a revolver having one in the chamber while loading is impossible  :derr  I think there is more than meets the eye with this guys story.
 

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muskoday said:
Never, ever reload with you're finger on the trigger.
Or with a worn or defective holster. Also, let's remember to keep shirt tails, t-shirts and those draw string thingies out of the way.
 

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1. He was outside the gun show. No loaded guns were allowed in the show grounds. The headline is sensationalized. Go figure.

2. Wouldn't have happened if he had not had to unload his firearm in the first place :( Seems to me that he, and others around him, were put in a dangerous situation.

3. But, he still made a mistake... otherwise there would be no story.
 

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3 Basic rules...

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger and anything else off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
 

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Guys,
I have to disagree with those who offer any kind of excuses.

THere is either intentional discharge or negligent discharge.
If you can't load and handle a firearm without shooting yourself, you shouldn't own one.

THere could have been a child in a stroller rolling by.

Sometimes I find myself agreeing with those who say there should be mandatory training on firearms handling. I've taken the CCW courses that taught the state law and obligations but nowhere in those courses was there even a moment of basic firearm manipulation training. Problem is, if you require basic handling then the Anti's treat the training program like the licensing process on LI and you have full gun control. Needs to be a middle ground.
 

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More stereotypes about our ******* brethren?

Karpteach said:
Down south everyone owns a gun. Unfortunately, some ain't so bright!:crazy
 

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Karpteach said:
Down south everyone owns a gun. Unfortunately, some ain't to bright!:crazy
and I guess up here no one owns a gun and we're all geniuses?
 

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Just another black eye for gun owners.
 

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SigSauer228 said:
Just another black eye for gun owners.
I wouldn't worry about it. They chalk that up as the cost of doing business in GA. I lived in ATL for a few years, could have knocked me over with a feather when they told me I could buy my Walther P99 with just a drivers license. Ah that was nice....
 

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Karpteach said:
Down south everyone owns a gun. Unfortunately, some ain't to bright!:crazy
Some may know the difference between 'to' and 'too' though eh?
 

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Some may know the difference between 'to' and 'too' though eh?
Us yanks seem to have no respect for the King's English :p

...Being that his name implies teaching, I sure hope it was a fumblethumb though!
 

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Would be more accurate if it read " Accidentally Shot Self In Leg Near Gun Show".
 

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Schoen said:
Guys,
I have to disagree with those who offer any kind of excuses.

THere is either intentional discharge or negligent discharge.
If you can't load and handle a firearm without shooting yourself, you shouldn't own one.

THere could have been a child in a stroller rolling by.

Sometimes I find myself agreeing with those who say there should be mandatory training on firearms handling. I've taken the CCW courses that taught the state law and obligations but nowhere in those courses was there even a moment of basic firearm manipulation training. Problem is, if you require basic handling then the Anti's treat the training program like the licensing process on LI and you have full gun control. Needs to be a middle ground.
I couldn't agree more.
 
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