Apr 11

Gun Safety Update

Only three of these stories are not from The Onion.

 
NRA Employee Accidentally Shoots Himself On The Job

An employee for the National Rifle Association accidentally shot himself Thursday during a firearms training session.

The 46-year-old man was holstering his pistol when it accidentally discharged, NBC Washington reports. The incident happened at the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, located at the organization’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

Fairfax County Police confirmed the incident to The Huffington Post, stating that the 46-year-old man was treated at a local hospital for a minor wound on his lower body. No charges are expected. …

 
Trump Axes Rule Meant To Keep Guns From Those With Mental Illness

Following the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, in which 20 children and six teachers were killed, then-President Barack Obama had a simple legislation request: to make it harder for individuals with mental illnesses to access guns.

That regulation was finalized in December, and on Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed a law reversing it.

Obama’s rule would have added people receiving Social Security funds for mental illness to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Those on the list would have had to be receiving full benefits because of a mental illness, unable to work, and would have needed the help of a third party to manage their benefits, according to CNN. …

 
Police: 7-11 clerk refuses dirty pennies, woman pulls guns

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida are trying to identify a woman they say pulled a pair of guns on a convenience store clerk after he refused to accept a jar of dirty pennies as payment.

Melbourne police tell Florida Today (http://on.flatoday.com/2nmvGPL ) the woman showed up early Wednesday morning at a 7-Eleven, picked up a few items and then gave the clerk the pennies. Police say the clerk told the woman the coins were dirty and “gunked-up.” The clerk says the woman got angry and began throwing things after he told her there were too many pennies for the store to accept.

Police say the woman told the clerk she was going to kill him before leaving the store and returned with two guns. The clerk sustained only minor injuries in the confrontation. …

 
NRA Recommends Preventing Firearm Deaths By Securing Children In Locked Safe

FAIRFAX, VA—As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the number of accidental deaths from firearms, the National Rifle Association issued a recommendation Wednesday urging gun owners to secure their children in a locked safe at all times.

“Because responsible gun ownership begins with proper storage, we advise you to keep your children in a tamper-proof safe, especially when they have friends over and any time you are out of the home,” wrote executive vice president Wayne LaPierre in a bulletin to the organization’s members, adding that it was not enough to simply place one’s children in a drawer, atop a high shelf, or underneath a bed, as stowing kids in such locations was neither a secure nor foolproof way of preventing a firearm accident from occurring.

“We recognize that purchasing a steel-reinforced vault that can fit every one of your children comes at a premium, but can you really put a price on the safety of your family?” LaPierre went on to say that gun owners could easily add an extra layer of security and further peace of mind by keeping a separate lock on each child as well.