A Ohio man is recovering from minor injuries after failing the “stop touching it” rule of practical concealed carry:
A man suffered minor injuries when he accidentally shot himself Tuesday at the Chick-Fil-A at Bridgewater Falls, township police said.
The 45-year-old man, whom police did not name, was pulling his pants up in the restroom at about 2 p.m. when the gun accidentally discharged and the bullet grazed his leg, said Sgt. Jim Souhrada. The man had a concealed carry license to carry the Glock pistol, which did not have a safety, he said.
Glocks actually have three internal safeties to ensure that the only thing that will cause the gun to fire is someone pulling the trigger, but apparently Ohio law enforcement officers aren’t required to know much about firearms.
There isn’t a concealed carry class requirement in any state, or a practical defensive firearms course that teaches people how to safely look out for number one when taking care of number two (and no, I don’t want to see it as a “Make Ready” video, Panteao).
That said, it’s pretty simple.
Leave the gun in the holster.
If you find that you must temporarily relocate your firearm for one reason or another as you answer nature’s call, then remove the entire holster without removing the gun from the holster. Do not draw your weapon while on the crapper. If you do remove your gun from the holster, you’ll greatly increase the chances of the poop hitting the fan as well as the bowl.
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It isn’t lost on us that a great number of negligent discharges—seemingly the majority of those we cover at Bearing Arms—are Glock pistols.
On one hand, this speaks volumes about the market saturation of the pistol in both the commercial and law enforcement markets. They are everywhere, and so they are going to make appearances in scenes both good and bad. That doesn’t remotely mean that Glock pistols are bad designs.
It is fair to say, however, that Glocks are an unforgiving design, and they do not suffer improper handling as well as other designs. When the short-pull trigger is depressed and a round is in the chamber it will fire, each and every time. In this instance, the round fired was a grazing wound. In other instances they have been fatal.
Unfortunately, you cannot afford to have a “bad day” with a pistol with a short trigger pull and no external safeties, as this man found out the hard way.