And gun owners everywhere look like reckless jackasses. Â The media is quick to pick up on it, and then you have the Brady Campaign. Â From the OpenCarry forum:
An AD happened near the end of the picnic while a non-CPL holder was unloading his firearm so he could enter his vehicle lawfully.Â He was at the Picnic with some friends and family earlier in the day.Â This person is not a member of MOC, Inc.
This is why Michigan needs to allow any person that can lawfully own a handgun to carry it loaded in their vehicle.Â The less a person has to handle their firearm the less chance for an AD.
This is also a cautionary tale to always be careful when handling any firearm.Â It should be noted that the firearm was pointed in a safe direction (the ground) when it was fired.
That and the info in the article is all I know of at this time.
I wouldn’t call it an accidental discharge. Guns don’t go off if you don’t pull the trigger. ND, or negligent discharge, is the appropriate description. Â I agree that laws that encourage gun handling are bad, but that doesn’t excuse unsafe gun handling. We’re fortunate in this case that he only broke one of the four rules, and no one was hurt.
Open Carry people represent us all when they do what they do. If you’re going to take on that responsibility, it would be nice if it were treated like a responsibility.