Authorities Urge Practice of Gun Safety

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Authorities are cautioning everyone that handling guns can be dangerous if you are not well acquainted with the weapon.

Accidents like the one that happened this morning at Florida State is a sad reminder that everyone should take the extra time to ensure safety.

Florida State University Police say practicing common sense is key.

Lt. Trumbower of FSU Police say, "Well first and foremost just preach common sense you never want to play with firearms especially when others are around."

He also said to double and triple check to see if your firearms are loaded. He recommends taking a gun safety course to familiarize yourself with your weapon and also practice shooting at a shooting range.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    Best way to avoid accidents or negligence with firearms is to simply not have one, or if that's not practical then maybe keeping them secured in a strongbox with some sort of breathalyzer interlock so that after drinking your chances of doing something really stupid is reduced. The most important safety feature on any weapon is the person holding it, unfortunately all to often, the person doing this is the last person who should. Maybe if guns were limited to responsible adults & treated as a privelege rather than an obligation, then it is possible that this type of unfortunate incident could be avoided.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Jan 10, 2011 at 08:26 AM
    Here is a thought: NO NOT "play" with guns! EVER! There are four rules of safety ONLY FOUR. If that is too much for you, DO NOT handle firearms! This is not rocket science.
  • by gary Location: tallahassee on Jan 10, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    even being well acquainted with guns don't mean that an accident will not happen. Even police officers around the country have accidents. The best way to prevent them is using the safety rules for guns at all times.
  • by Mary Location: Tallahassee on Jan 10, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    Authorities should cautioning everyone that handling guns can be dangerous even if you are well acquainted with the weapon. Always treat a gun as if it were loaded.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 06:28 AM
    There is no such thing as an 'accident' with a firearm. It is called negligence. Someone failed to maintain within the safety guidelines. I own over two dozen firearms and I hate reading about 'accidents'. The only 'accident' I can think of in terms of the owner is faulty ammunition or itegrity within the construction of the firearm. To me, that would be an accident for the user, but negligence on the manufacturer.
  • by Timothy Location: Tallahassee on Jan 10, 2011 at 06:03 AM
    My condolences to all involved, especially the young woman's family and friends… Firearms safety Cooper advocated four basic rules of gun safety: 1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are. 2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.) 3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges. 4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.
  • by Jane Location: Tallahassee on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    The gun range off springhill road is a good place to go pop-off a few rounds with your favorite AK. Bring your own targets.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    tallytech- one. off springhill road. This is not an accident. playing with a rifle while intoxicated is no accident.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Jan 10, 2011 at 05:30 AM
    Where's all the response's?
  • by it was dumb on Jan 10, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    Even touching a gun at 1am after drinking says it all.
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