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ME: Gun-loving conservative columnist accidentally killed after letting teen boy hold his firearm
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff
Website: http://www.marktaff.com

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M.D. Harmon, a conservative columnist who frequently wrote in favor of gun ownership rights for the Portland Press Herald, died this week after being accidentally shot by a teenage boy.

As the Press Herald itself reports, the 71-year-old Harmon was showing off one of his guns to a 16-year-old boy in his home in Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday. Harmon apparently let the teenager handle the weapon, which went off while the boy was holding it.

Both the teenager and his father were visiting Harmon for undisclosed reasons, and Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”
 

Comment by: PHORTO (12/30/2016)
Proper procedure for handing a firearm over to another person:

UNLOAD IT. Lock it open. Demonstrate to that person that it is unloaded. Secure the ammunition during the process.

THEN hand it over for inspection/enjoyment/drooling etc., taking great care not to cover anyone with the muzzle.

I was trained this way, and deviation from that procedure drew stern consternation from the instructor.

This is why.
 

Comment by: Sosalty (12/30/2016)
Gun safety training, gun safety training, gun safety training. Even an Eddie Eagle presentation could've prevented such an incident. Does there need to be university level gun handling courses, yep. Does K - 3 need a "don't touch, leave the room/area, tell an adult" assembly? yep We want the liberty but are lax in education and self-responsibility. Do states need a curriculum outline and offer reduced fee training? yep
 

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