by Heather Cox | October 31, 2014 2:12 pm
Last Updated: October 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm
On October 14, 2014 a deputy was dispatched to Friendship Church Rd. Upon arrival victim was being treated by EMS for a gunshot wound to his right leg. Victim stated he had been hunting when he decided to get down to check his deer camera. Victim dropped his 22 caliber semi-auto handgun and the gun went off striking him in the leg. When this occurred the victim called the witness and the witness drove him back to Friendship Church Rd. to meet EMS personnel.
Listed Below are 4 primary rules of firearm safety while hunting:
- Always keep your muzzle pointed in a Safe Direction: The muzzle of your firearm should never be pointed towards anything that you don’t intend on shooting. Practicing safe muzzle control is one of the most important things that you can do out in the field, and should be something that’s second nature long before you ever head out into the field.
- There is no such thing as an Unloaded Weapon: Every firearm should be treated as a loaded weapon, therefore they should always be given the respect due a loaded weapon. When being handed a firearm in the field, always assume the gun is loaded, even if someone tells you it’s unloaded.
- Make Sure You Know What’s in Front of & Beyond the Target: When taking a shot, you must always be sure of what’s in front of and what’s beyond your target. If you cannot see what lies beyond your target, NEVER TAKE THE SHOT.
- Keep Your Finger OFF the Trigger: When carrying any firearm, your finger should never be inside the trigger guard unless you’re ready to shoot. This is a huge problem that I see time and time again with inexperienced shooters, and it’s something should be mastered before ever going on a hunt.