Firearm accidents can happen for all manner of reasons, even in a gun shop. What would you do if you went to the gun dealer and he took out the firearm that you wanted to buy, but then he accidentally shot you with it? Though this may sound shocking, it does happen. Many gun shops are connected to shooting ranges, so the guns could be loaded, and some of them also buy and sell guns, so a previous owner could have left the gun loaded when selling it. In fact, a police officer just made the news recently because there is video footage of him accidentally shooting himself in the hand after a gun dealer handed him a loaded firearm from the case.
So What Happens Now?
Determining fault is the key, but, if the dealer shot you, it may not be that hard to do. For one thing, dealers are not supposed to have loaded firearms in the building. On top of that, dealers are supposed to do a safety check before handing the gun over to anyone. A safety check is very fast and easy, and it just consists of checking the magazine and then racking the slide to make sure that a bullet is not in the chamber. If it is, running the slide without the magazine in place will eject the bullet.
So, what if the dealer did a safety check and the accident still happened? If so, it is likely that he just did half of the check. He took the magazine out of the gun, looked at it to make sure that there were no rounds in it, and then he forgot to rack the slide. That is why there was still a bullet in the chamber, allowing the gun to go off when he perhaps thought that he was just going to be dry-firing the weapon.
Dealers need to make sure that they do the entire check, without skipping anything or neglecting any steps. In fact, this is why most dealers will check the same guns time and time again, even though they know that they are unloaded. The key is to always treat a gun as if it could be loaded, even if it is not.
If you are ever injured by a gun dealer in a situation like this, make sure that you fully understand all of your legal rights and the options that you may have.
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