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Actor Using Prop Guns Shot with Real One

Posted on the 30 August 2011 by Mikeb302000
The Toledo Blade reports
Tracci M. King, 21, and friends had just wrapped up their shoot-’em-up flick at 9:15 p.m., in which they wielded realistic-looking toy guns, according to a police report. One of the friends, a 21-year-old who has a concealed-carry weapon license, laid down his loaded, semiautomatic .45-caliber pistol on an end table and walked out of the living room in the 289th Street home.
Several prop guns were still strewn about the room when Randy Schimmel, 21, unknowingly picked up the real pistol and pulled the trigger. Mr. King, who was sitting on a couch across the room uploading the video footage onto a laptop computer, was shot in the left leg.
It's hard to count the gun safety violations in this short story. But, one person shot in the leg isn't so bad, no one need be too concerned, right?
Actors making a "shoot-'em-up flick" should practice basic gun safety even with toy props. Does anyone disagree with that? Perhaps their concealed-carry friend who was watching could have schooled them? Except he violated an even more basic law than the famous 4 Rules of Gun Safety.  He actually failed to maintain custody of his weapon.
What's your opinion? Is maintaining custody of your gun an even more basic rule than the Famous Four? What kind of concealed carry training do you think that young man had? Do you think they may have touched upon this very issue in the class?   Of course they did, which means in this case, like in too many others, the training just didn't take.
Many gun-rights folks talk about always carrying, always everywhere. Home carry saves lives, they say. They say the safest place for the gun is on your hip. What do you think about that?  I often accuse them of being paranoid and fanatical, but I must admit, this kind of "accident" would never happen to one of them.
What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

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