Police said that three brothers were traveling in a vehicle near the corner of Route 114 and Short Street when Josiah Dean, 18, of Merrimack, started unloading a revolver while sitting in the back seat. The gun discharged and a round struck the front seat where Dean’s brother was sitting.
First, this is stupid. It might also be a lie, depending on what type of revolver it is. Or it might just be a complete lie. It has been know to happen that people will do stupid stuff like this and then sort of fib to the police about the exact circumstances.
Just in case, let’s review the four rules.
1) All guns are always loaded (until you establish whether they are or not).
2) Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. Keep your gun pointed in a safe direction at all times: on the range, at home, loading, or unloading.
3) Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target (and you are ready to shoot).
4) Be sure of your target. Know what it is, what is in line with it and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you haven’t positively identified.
Follow those four rules religiously and you will likely never have a negligent discharge of your firearm. Follow them and even if you do have an ND, it is very likely no one is going to be injured.
It’s not that difficult, really.