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Sat Nov 30, 2019, 07:19 AM

Police: Gun goes off at Va. Walmart as it falls off man's pants

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) ó Police in Virginia say a small handgun went off inside a Walmart restroom when it fell out of a manís pocket as he pulled up his pants.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch on Wednesday reported the gun went off after it hit the floor Tuesday at the store in Midlothian, prompting an evacuation and police response.

Chesterfield police Lt. Brad Conner says two other customers in the restroom were not hurt. The round went into a bathroom stall. Conner says gun owner Clifford C. Shook Jr. left the store without notifying anyone of the situation.

The 66-year-old Shook has a concealed-carry permit. He is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 9 on a misdemeanor count of reckless handling of a firearm.

https://wtop.com/virginia/2019/11/police-gun-goes-off-at-va-walmart-as-it-falls-off-mans-pants/

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Reply Police: Gun goes off at Va. Walmart as it falls off man's pants (Original post)
underpants Nov 30 OP
TEB Nov 30 #1
jmowreader Nov 30 #2
Me. Nov 30 #3
underpants Nov 30 #4
Me. Nov 30 #5
ManiacJoe Nov 30 #6
spin Dec 19 #7

Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 07:37 AM

1. No brass no ammo

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 08:22 AM

2. At the very minimum...

It should be completely illegal to carry a handgun unless itís in a holster.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:11 PM

3. A Loose Gun In A Pocket...

Next time it may shoot him you know where

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Response to Me. (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:13 PM

4. Being that close

Has to help

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Response to underpants (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 12:14 PM

5. +1

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2019, 04:40 PM

6. Modern guns do not do that.

Most likely what happened was he attempted to catch it and pulled the trigger by mistake during the catch.
The safe thing to do is to let the gun hit the floor then safely pick it up.

Holsters are a good thing.

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Response to underpants (Original post)

Thu Dec 19, 2019, 01:28 PM

7. It might help prevent such accidents if the firearm was identified.

At a minimum the article should state if the firearm was a modern weapon, an antique or a derringer.

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