Negligent discharges are always bad, and it’s very rare that you find one that injures this many people:

An off-duty Miami-Dade corrections officer reaching into his pocket for a valet ticket Saturday evening accidentally triggered his concealed handgun, firing a round that sent ricocheting shrapnel into six or more patrons people, according to police.

One of those injured was treated at Broward Health Medical Center and others were treated on the scene, according to Fort Lauderdale Det. DeAnna Greenlaw.

The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. and drew a large emergency response that included at least six police cars, a fire truck and two ambulances.

Luckily, none of the injuries were serious.

Based on the scenario, the officer made at least one mistake, and that is he didn’t carry his firearm in a pocket holster that adequately covered the trigger and would have kept it from being pulled. In a day and age where more people are choosing handguns without external safeties, buying a quality holster that covers the trigger is more important than ever. They don’t have to cost a ton of money; I’ve been using a Nemesis for several years and I’ve very happy with it.

If you carry, please use a holster that covered the trigger. It could save you some embarrassment, and more importantly, protect you and others from injury.

By the way, did you catch the name of the establishment where this negligent discharge occurred?