Right here in NC two (assumed) CCW permit holders shot themselves while fiddling with their blasters in parking lots.
On Sunday afternoon, a 42-year-old man in the parking lot of Academy Sports on U.S. Route 70 accidentally shot himself in the leg while changing the ammunition in his handgun.
The day before…
The day before, a 24-year-old man accidentally shot himself–also in the leg, and also while he was sitting in his vehicle–in the parking lot of Valley Hills Mall, which is adjacent to the Academy Sports parking lot.
The man was attempting to put his .45 caliber handgun on safety when it went off and hit an artery in his leg, causing life-threatening blood loss.
A bystander attempted to make a makeshift tourniquet with his belt. But it was an EMT, borrowing Hickory Police Officer Darren Bailey’s tourniquet, who stopped the blood flow.
Remember when all the long gun open carry stuff was going on at Starbucks and Chipotle a while back? I had this to say back then:
I have a problem with people thinking that it’s okay to do things in a public setting that wouldn’t be okay behind the firing line of a shooting range.
The same holds true here. If you don’t have a safe place to point your pistol while “changing ammo” or “putting it on safe”, you shouldn’t be doing it in that location.
Keep your gun in its holster while you’re away from your safe area.
On another note, the picture accompanying the Hickory Record story linked above has the following caption:
Hickory police officers now carry tourniquets, which can stop bleeding in life-threatening situations.
I like that. I’ll bet that the tourniquets will save a lot of lives as time goes on.