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Jefferson County man accidentally shot in the leg

August 10, 2013

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An accidental gunshot wound to the leg sent a Jefferson County man to KU Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries on Friday, according to the Leavenworth Police Department.

Deputies with the Leavenworth Sheriff's Office responded to the incident near K-16 Highway between McLouth and Tonganoxie just after 7 p.m. Friday.

The man, 69, leaned a loaded .22 caliber single shot rifle against his vehicle when he went to open the trunk. According to the Leavenworth Police Department, the rifle, which did not have a trigger guard, fell to the ground and discharged the bullet.

The bullet went through the man's leg, causing minor blood loss.

Comments

bearded_gnome 2 years ago

The bullet went through the man's leg, causing minor blood loss.

---he was very lucky. sure could've beeworse. get well soon.

elliottaw 2 years ago

I am for gun control but this just sounds like an accident, he was probably getting ready to go home from hunting

bad_dog 2 years ago

Using a gun without a trigger guard is just asking to get someone hurt. Leaning it up against something and leaving it magnifies the risk substantially. He's lucky he didn't catch it in the head.

There was a deer hunter in Texas my dad knew many years ago. In his excitement to get an angle on a big buck he leaned his 30-06 against a fence while he climbed over. He reached back, grabbing the gun by the barrel and pulled it toward him. The trigger got caught on a barb in the fence. 175 grains of hollow point smacked the front left side of his head. The safety might have saved him if it was on but he was too excited and hurried in his attempt to get in position for the shot. No need to call EMTs; just notify the morgue and law enforcement.

John Kyle 2 years ago

Was he planning to put a loaded gun with no trigger guard in his trunk?

Frederic Gutknecht IV 2 years ago

I doubt he was planning much of anything. It was probably just another day in the squirrel woods with old "trigger". BANG! Luckily, his luck running out left his clock running on.

Bob Forer 2 years ago

Just another responsible gun owner.

tolawdjk 2 years ago

No trigger guard?

Did he build this thing in his basement? How do you not have a trigger guard?

Phoghorn 2 years ago

No, an irresponsible gun owner. The responsible ones don't make the newspaper.

Liberty275 2 years ago

How do we have modern rifles without trigger guards? That seems dumb.

tomatogrower 2 years ago

Really, NRA members? Don't you think people like this should be charged with a crime? 2nd Amendment rights allow us to own guns, but when people do stupid stuff like this, should they still be allowed to own a gun? How about that kind of regulation. You break the basic safety rules of gun ownership and someone catches you or someone gets hurt, even if it's you, you lose the right to own guns. It is one way to cull the herd so to speak, but not when a healthy member of the "herd" is killed or hurt. But I'm real sure this guy still has his gun. and he will still lean it up against things, and could care less about trigger guards, cause he's "merican, and stupidity is his right.

Liberty275 2 years ago

First off, I'm suspicious about the trigger guard. There is no good reason to remove a trigger guard from a rifle in Kansas

Should they have arrested my wife when she cut her finger slicing a ham? Should they have arrested me when I ran a power screwdriver bit through my thumbnail? Dangerous objects are called "dangerous" for a reason.

I question his judgment for placing a loaded rifle in an unstable position. Things that can fall will fall. I imagine that is a lesson he has learned.

Come up with an actual reason using an actual law and then we'll talk about further punishing him.

Knock yourself out: http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_75/Article_7c/

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