Gun-Safety Instructor Accidentally Shoots Student

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Aug. 13 2013 12:23 PM

Gun-Safety Instructor Accidentally Shoots Student

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People take target practice at the Los Angeles Gun Club on December 7, 2012.

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The Columbus Dispatch brings us the story of a gun-safety instructor who appears to need a little gun-safety refresher:

A firearms instructor accidentally shot a student while teaching a gun-safety class on Saturday in Fairfield County to people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons. Terry J. Dunlap Sr., who runs a shooting range and training center ..., was demonstrating a handgun when he fired a .38-caliber bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into student Michael Piemonte’s right arm. ...
[Piemonte] and his wife, Allison, both 26 and residents of Pataskala in Licking County, attended the daylong concealed-carry class together. "My wife was sitting just inches away from me," he said. "It could have easily hit her."
Dunlap apparently didn’t know that the gun was loaded, Piemonte said — “That’s my guess.” The bullet was slowed down by hitting the desk first. It then ricocheted into Piemonte’s right arm between his elbow and armpit, he said. ... “I am thankful that it only ended up being in my arm, and didn’t hit my wife or individuals sitting at the desk behind me.”
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Piemonte was taken to the hospital, but released later that night. Dunlap, unsurprisingly, declined to comment to the local paper. Full story over at the Dispatch.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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