Responsible gun owners know that if you’re going to carry directly on your person, you never forgo a holster. Tucking your firearm into the waistband of your pants, your belt or your pocket is, simply put, an accident waiting to happen.
Unfortunately, one Missouri gun owner never got the memo – or he did and just chose to ignore it.
The man was shopping at a University City grocery store with a loaded firearm tucked into the waistband of his jeans, sans holster. Since a waistband provides little to no support and fails to keep your weapon properly oriented, the handgun quickly began to slip down the man’s pants. In his attempt to keep the gun from falling to the floor – and with nothing protecting the trigger – the man accidentally discharged a single round…and shot himself right in the leg.
The bullet proceeded to ricochet off the floor and lodge itself into the ceiling. Thankfully, no one else was hit, although a nearby shopper was struck with some debris, likely from the ceiling.
According to police, the man was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. He is being charged with one count of discharging a firearm.
If this story doesn’t scare you off of holster-less carry, the number of other incidents of gun owners accidentally shooting themselves in the leg, abdomen, and, yes, testicles because they didn’t think they needed a holster, certainly will.