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  •  This is illuminating: (8+ / 0-)
    Sandy Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said, "The individual is a conceal carry permit holder. He had the gun legally and lawfully." Sgt. Arnold says because it was an accident, and because no one was hurt, the man was not cited.
    In Wisconsin, if you lose control of your automobile in such a way as to cause damage to property, you will receive a citation (with demerits on your license). "It was an accident" is not a defense -- you are presumptively responsible for not having an accident while driving a motor vehicle.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 07:54:30 PM PST

    •  Again, not quite accurate (0+ / 0-)

      If you lose control of your motor vehicle due to a mechanical malfunction, such as lost brakes, broken steering, etc, you are not given a citation.

      The same can be true for a firearm, but the likelihood of a malfunction disabling all safety features on a modern firearm that would permit said firearm to fire when dropped is about the same as my hitting the lottery. Sounds slightly lucky until you realize, I don't waste money on the lottery.
      The only firearm in these stories that sounds like it may fire would be the derringer and that would have to be carried in a full hammer down position and be a really old model.
      We'll suffice it to say that I'm dubious that it was such an instance and more likely carelessness in the form of not engaging the safety.
      Hence, the idiot should have been given a citation for discharging a firearm in city limits.

      This is akin to a car careening off of the highway, striking a wall or tree near a home wall, then claiming no citation is issued because nobody was hurt, ignoring the speeding and reckless driving that caused the accident in the first place.
      Not akin to brake failure, someone unsafely operating a motor vehicle and striking ones own, resulting in a loss of control.

      The number of profanities that pass through my mind while reading these stories would be considered legendary were I to actually utter them!

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