The next time someone casually and carelessly waves around the muzzle of a gun they are examining at a gun store or gun show, with their finger on the trigger, you might gently encourage them to exercise proper muzzle control and keep their finger off the trigger until and unless they’ve verified it’s unloaded and it’s pointed in a safe direction.
I’ve done this before, particularly at gun shows, and even a store or three over the years.
Because negligent discharges happen.
And while you wouldn’t be justified drawing down on someone casually waving a gun in your direction in a gun store, you can take your body and your money elsewhere if the problem continues. No gun purchase is worth risking your life.
Here’s one that happened a few years ago in Bloomington, IL. One “avid” shooter examines a used Ruger Mini-14, fondles the trigger and KA-BOOM! The round goes through a wooden post, through one man’s chest and into a second man. Debris also injures a third man.
The guy renting the table closed his business about the time the lawsuit was settled. He’s lucky it wasn’t worse.
Failing to encourage proper gun safety for those who don’t know any better or who are contemptuous of safety can have disastrous consequences.
Check out this video. Any one of those four people “downrange” came close to taking a slug. All because some cop ASS-U-MEd the gun was unloaded.
The money shot is around :47 and they’ve edited it to cut out the gore.
The three rules of gun safety, per the NRA:
1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.