You Only Get One Chance At This

January 13th, 2015

A police officer in Glasgow, Kentucky is suing Barren Outdoors.  The employee handed him a loaded gun, which he failed to check, and he blew off part of his left index finger.

Go ahead and laugh:  he's going to win.

Note to gun store customers:  putting your hand over the muzzle won't stop a bullet and it doesn't exempt you from Rule #2.  Don't point the weapon at anything you can't pay for.  Nobody wants to hear, "it's unloaded."  I've lost count of how many times that phrase has turned out to be a lie.

Note to gun store employees:  clear the gun before handing it to a customer because the customer won't check it.  Seriously, 87.4% just of them just start dry-firing away with wild abandon as soon as they've got their sweaty mitts on it.

Note to gun store owners:  you can and will be sued for this.  Comparative negligence might mitigate the damages, but you're going to have some of the liability.  You can quote Rule #1 to a jury until you're blue in the face.  It won't help.  It's not normal practice to hand someone a loaded gun.

There were many mistakes in this situation, but the chain of events began with the employee failing to take his responsibilities seriously.  It just takes one lapse.

1 Comment
  1. Chase wrote, running Mozilla Firefox 34.0 on Windows 7

    Customers come in, they ask to handle a gun, I hand it to them, and they press their palm against the muzzle. I don't know why they do that but it makes me wince. For that reason among others, I'm careful to check everything I hand over.

    Comment on January 14, 2015 @ 1:56 am

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