Gun store employee shoots customer?

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Gun store employee shoots customer?

Postby razor2k » Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:20 am

While unloading a gun? Excuse me, but there are some things that you don't get any do-overs on and this is one of them. This clown should never be allowed to own or handle a firearm again.

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- An employee at a New Mexico gun shop who was unloading a handgun accidentally shot and wounded a customer in the back, authorities said Wednesday.

The 65-year-old customer, who has not been identified, was airlifted from Silver City to an El Paso, Texas, hospital after the shooting on Tuesday and was listed in good condition, police Capt. Steve Reese said.

The shooting occurred at Copper Country Sporting Arms and involved a .45 caliber handgun, Reese said.

"It was pretty unusual," he said. "We hadn't seen any signs of foul play or anything like that."

Reese said the case had been handed over to prosecutors who will make a decision on whether any charges should be filed.

The name of the employee was not released.

A person who answered the phone Wednesday at Copper Country said the store would not comment.

The store is listed on Silver City's tourism website as a shop that sells guns, ammunition, bows, archery supplies and related sporting goods.

Reese said the store has not had any previous problems.

Silver City is located in southwestern New Mexico.
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Re: Gun store employee shoots customer?

Postby Daknife » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:17 am

Of course some blame needs to be on the person who brought a loaded firearm to the employee. If it's your carry weapon it doesn't come out of the holster. If you are bringing it in to be serviced, you clear it at the entrance. Nobody should be handling a loaded firearm in a gun store, unless responding to an attempted robbery. Most stores have clear stated and signed policies about when and how weapons will be handled.

Why? Because if it's to be serviced it will be handled, and that may involve working the action. I can see exactly how this happened, the employee went to work the slide (perhaps to clear the weapon just to be sure), but it was still and perhaps the employee's hands had gun oil on them, the slide slips, the slide slams back onto the already chambered round, and being a .45 (1911 most likely) the hammer was partially pulled back by the slide being partially pulled back, it slams home and you have a negligent discharge.

Now this article doesn't state what the expected status of the weapon was, the employee could be entirely at fault by working the action with a loaded mag in it, and may have even placed the booger picker on the trigger. But I can also easily see how this was more the fault of someone handing an uncleared weapon to the employee. More details are needed before blame can be assigned.
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Re: Gun store employee shoots customer?

Postby cherianchris » Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:21 pm

This is unheard of. Why hire an employee, who is poorly trained?

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