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    Man accidentally shoots bullet through wall into adjoining Loudoun townhouse

    A man in South Riding accidentally shot off a firearm Aug. 1, sending the bullet through a wall and into an adjoining townhouse.

    Bryan K. Johnson, 47, is being charged with "reckless handling of a firearm," according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office. The gun was a .38 revolver.

    Per an LCSO report, Johnson said he was “practicing trigger pulls” when he shot off the round. Johnson said he thought he had cleared all of the rounds from his gun earlier while he was cleaning it.

    No one was injured in the incident, which took place on the 42000 block of Rolling Rock Terrace in South Riding.


    -Trevor Baratko

    Comments

    Well, at least it wasn’t a plasma gun, or there would have been a manhole-sized, smoking hole in the wall.  Also, would it be so hard, for manufacturers of new guns, to have a bullet counter/indicator ?  A quick glance to remind you that yes, you do have 1 bullet still in the gun.


    When I was a young police man I had a fellow officer discharge his weapon and the bullet past an inch from my knee.  If I had not been there I would never of believe a season range officer would discharge his weapon while practicing dry firing. He had dry fired his weapon for a hundred pulls when he reloaded and with out thinking pulled the trigger. Accidents do happen.  When ever I load my revolver I never forget that incident.


    Please don’t tell Flannery he will blame the neighbor and then sue the county.


    “Don’t play around with them.”

    Brother, we agree on that one.


    I think you missed my point about not letting your guard down with firearms, they are not just some other tool in the house nor tows. Don’t play around with them. I also have a wood shop and the same rules apply if you like your fingers.


    “Cops have so many accidents for the same reason some gun owners do, they become to comfortable with a weapon being around and they forget to be strict with safety.”

    Ignoring the implication that only a person who is not comfortable with a weapon being around could be trusted to keep one safely, you have just confirmed my point: anyone can make a mistake. Those who think it only happens to other people are those most likely to be the next “joker.”


    Cops have so many accidents for the same reason some gun owners do, they become to comfortable with a weapon being around and they forget to be strict with safety.


    “...my rule number two is always clear your weapon before you do anything with it.”

    For the sake of completeness, NRA’s three fundamental rules for gun safety (according to their Web site) are these:

    1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

    2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

    3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

    What I like about these rules, among other things, is that, if you only remember to follow just one of them (and it doesn’t matter which one), you can’t make the mistake this story says Mr. Johnson made.

    It’s not the rules that are the problem. It’s the fact that rules cannot enforce themselves. Dismissing Mr. Johnson as a “moron” or a “joker” because he made a mistake overlooks the fact that good rules are not enough to prevent all accidents. Safety requires, imho, accepting the fact that any of us can make a mistake. Even police officers and gun-safety instructors have caused accidental discharges.

    People who know they can make mistakes have a reason to think about the rules. People who don’t admit they can make mistakes are people who think they don’t need any rules.

    I feel safer around the former, than around the latter.


    westLOUDOUNer, with Virginia’s disgraceful and shameful recent history of state-sponsored eugenics through forced sterilization, your comment is abhorrent.


    I follow several rules, never treat a gun as unloaded, don’t play with it in the house, unload and double check before you head home.


    And as an NRA-certified RSO, my rule number two is always clear your weapon before you do anything with it.  If this joker had followed that rule, he wouldn’t have “thought he had cleared all of the rounds from his gun earlier while he was cleaning it.”  He would have known it was cleared.


    good thing he wasn’t at one of these restaurants that give discounts to people carrying weapons…


    “As a gun owner morons like this make me mad.”

    As a gun-owner, I hope that all of us gun-owners have enough humility and wisdom to say, “If it happened to this fellow, it could happen to us.”

    I am no fan of the NRA, but their own Rule Number One should never be violated: ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. The wall between you and your neighbor does not meet this standard.


    At a minimum, I hope the judge sentences him to a lenghtly gun safety course.


    As a gun owner morons like this make me mad.


    Candidate for gene pool cleansing.

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