Police: Gun goes off at Va. Walmart as it falls off man’s pants

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@RocketPak. As reported this tells us although nobody was hurt there could have been someone who was hurt there was no such incident. The individual Mr Schook should have reported to police immediately and very least he should have driven himself to the police station and reported the incident. This should be a good lesson to everyone else that you can never be to careful when handling your firearm either in private or in public. The gun should not have fired but yet it did.

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Bathrooms are probably one of the most dangerous places with respect to the possibility of a negligent discharge or a lost firearm. Let’s face it, sometimes, in order to use the head, your weapon needs to leave your hip. Ideally, it stays holstered, but this can be difficult with some methods of carry. And then, in a public restroom, where do you put it where it is still safe and under your control. There are not a lot of places to secure your weapon in the bathroom at McDonalds.
If it needs to leave the holster, the possibility for an ND exists. Everyone has dropped something. The natural reaction is to grab for it. If you gun starts to fall and you grab for it, the possibility just increased.
And after the paperwork is done, do not forget to secure your weapon. Many unattended handguns have been found in bathroom stalls over the years.

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Bad situation altogether. Here’s a good discussion of how this might have been avoided.

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That is prezactly why I have a thumb snap on all my holsters and also why I don’t use thread your belt through holsters. It helps that I am not a fan of Kydex holsters and such as almost none of the IWB holsters made today have a thumb snap. I stick with the Bianchi #3S holsters almost exclusively.

Cheers,

Craig6

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This is one of the reasons I like pocket carry. Don’t have to worry about it falling out.

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I keep my Taurus 9mm in an IWB Kydex holster with the retention adjusted ‘fairly tight’. When I use the restroom, the gun ALWAYS stays in my holster, which ALWAYS stays clipped to my belt. It is sometimes a bit of a pain to get my pants pulled up and buckled, but the gun never leaves my holster, and there is very little chance of an ND. I’m kinda paranoid about such things.

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Guess it wasn’t “drop safe.” Strange in this day and age, Here in Calizuela every pistol or revolver on the state roster of approved handguns for purchase is drop tested.

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@bulldog. Wow that’s very interesting about Drop-tests. Do you know how it’s done? By that I mean do they drop a loaded gun on the ground or in some way do it scientifically? (Just curious is all).

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I was thinking about this at church today. My normal Sunday at church runs from about 6:30 am to 12:30 pm and the dilemma of have to duty while on duty. On top of my EDC, add a radio (with undercover mic/earpiece), security banner, and some extra first aid gear. Not really a big deal except the addition of the wires from the radio on a shirt and around ear on top of the firearm. Luckily, there is a private restroom in the office area that our security team and off duty police officer can use but it is still a pain in the butt, pun intended, when you start dropping pants and the microphone and earpiece clips start ripping off your body.
Brings back memories of my days in uniform and the 20 pound duty belt.

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Carry corset, @MikeBKY, just sayin’ :wink::laughing:
With the carry corset, belts are just not relevant and all the gear stays just where you put it, duty or no. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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I’m just weird…I don’t go #2 in public restrooms (even at work)….solves that issue for me (fortunately I’ve only had to break that run rule a handful of emergencies)

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Put the gun in your pants pocket before lowering them, then after your business is done pull them up, buckle your belt and re holster safely. There’s nothing magic about this… <><

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Welcome to the group @Ernie_R!

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Thanks a whole bunches, I think I might have something to contribute to the group.
I have lurked long enough!

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@Ernie_R Welcome Ernie.

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I took my Sam Browne off and left the pistol in the holster. Put the HT on the toilet roll dispenser. Sometimes had my backup
38 snubby in my hand, depending where I was at. Ahhhhhh. The joys of ghetto policing.

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I haven’t worn anything like a corset in 17 years. It was actually a bustier when I was Dr. Frankenfurter for a lip sync. Maybe I’ll bring the performance for a private showing at the Expo!

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I feel ya! I remember in the infield of Churchill Downs and at the Kentucky fair always having a bathroom buddy outside the public restrooms or Porta pots just because. It made it a lot easier if there was somewhere to hang your duty belt in a stall. But even then, we kept guard for each other.

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Welcome to the commenting side, @Ernie_R!

I think you’ll have a bunch of great contributions to the Community!

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