A Houston teen who was set to graduate this month was accidentally killed with a handgun. He and three friends were playing with a handgun in a Houston home when the gun went off and struck the teen in the head. The teens were gathered to celebrate their graduation. No charges have yet been filed. The case is expected to go before a Harris County grand jury.
This tragic accident is just one of many accidental shootings that will occur this year. Although the number of accidental shootings that occurs is not known, it’s been estimated that around 600 people die in the U.S. from accidental shootings each year. The good news is that unintentional firearm-related fatalities are on the decline from around 1,400 per year in the early 1990s.
Guns can be very safe if owners follow some basic gun safety rules. Guns should never be pointed in the direction of a person – they should always be pointed somewhere safe. Guns should not be loaded until they are ready to use. If you pick up a gun and believe it’s unloaded, double check to be sure. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
When you are ready to fire your gun, be aware of what you are shooting. Know what lies beyond your target. When you are done shooting, store the gun properly. Store it so that people who shouldn’t get it, cannot get it. When storing guns, take your own personal situation into account.
Not everyone follows proper gun safety procedures, which can lead to serious or fatal accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a gun accident, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Facebook.