27 August 2014

Rule 1 Violation, Among Others

Man accidentally shoots himself at Alaska State Fair 
A 37-year-old man was flown to a hospital Tuesday evening from the Alaska State Fair grounds after he accidentally fired a bullet into his lower pelvic region, according to officials with Palmer’s Department of Public Safety.

The unidentified man, his wife and two young children had left the fair and walked to their vehicle in the parking lot near the equestrian center, said Jon Owen, director of public safety in Palmer.

“The children were buckled into the car and he was getting in,” Owen said. “He took his gun out of the holster to put into the door. His finger went onto the trigger and a round was fired.”


"... lower pelvic region"?  OUCH.


p.s. The article goes on to state, "According to the fair’s 2014 Vendor Handbook, “firearms (or any weapons)” are not permitted on the fairgrounds, along with a list of other items including packaged alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and unauthorized hunting knives."

Yeah, good luck with keeping firearms out. There's no provision in State law for prohibiting weapon anywhere except inside buildings. And every single pavilion, building, or other structure would have to be individually posted.

12 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

That's gotta hurt...

That's why I like my holster - I have to depress a button to release in such a way that it keeps my index finger away from the trigger as I draw.

Rev. Paul said...

Mine too, ma'am. Just makes sense.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Assuming he recovers, he will for evermore be known as, "Quick Draw" among his family and peers.

Rev. Paul said...

WSF - if that's the worst that happens to him from all this, he'll be lucky.

Max said...

I really want to know what an 'authorized hunting knife' is. I didn't know you all had knife season up north!

Rev. Paul said...

Max, that's a good question. I don't have an equally good answer. :)

Chickenmom said...

Someone should invent a little plastic sleeve that fits over the entire trigger guard, like the little protective thingy that goes over a toothbrush. I'm glad no one else was hurt.

Rev. Paul said...

Chickenmom, just paying attention to one's fingers should - I repeat, should be enough. But alas ...

Yes, we're all glad that he didn't shoot his wife or children. Or some innocent passerby.

Old NFO said...

Why did I immediately think- STOP TOUCHING IT... Why take it out of the holster???

Rev. Paul said...

NFO - there you go, making sense again. :)

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

I hope he survives from his injuries. Obviously, this person didn't pay attention to what he was doing. I wonder if he had a safety on his gun?

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, if he had a safety, it clearly wasn't on. It's a shame, really.