A former Kentucky police officer is suing a local gun store after he shot his finger off inside the store in a case of bad gun handling vs. horrible gun handling – plus a complete lack of personal responsibility.
According to a civil lawsuit, former Glasgow police officer Darrell Smith went to Barren Outdoors and asked to see a .380 caliber handgun.
An employee removed the gun from under the counter and handed it to Smith without checking to see if the gun was loaded.
Smith then takes the gun, likewise failing to check if the weapon was loaded, and holds it with one hand on the grip and the other hand near the muzzle. Smith says the gun “accidentally” went off (when he pulled the trigger), shooting off part of Smith’s index finger.
Smith’s attorney, Alan Simpson, said the incident caused him to lose his job as a police officer.
“He’s permanently disfigured. He went through a lot of pain and suffering. He’s gone through several surgeries. He’s got a lot of medical bills that have to be paid. It ended his career and he’s going to have a lot of lost income,” Simpson told local reporters
The lawsuit further claims that the store employee didn’t do a safety check to ensure the gun was unloaded, therefore smith is suing for negligence.
Conveniently left out of the suit is the fact that Smith failed to a safety check, then violate all of the firearms safety rules.
1. Treat all weapons as if they are loaded. FAIL.
2. Never point a gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. FAIL (unless he hated his finger).
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire. FAIL.
4. Know your target and what’s beyond it. FAIL.
I understand testing the trigger on that next gun purchase… but not when the barrel is pointed at your own hand and other patrons in the store.