The Most Common Causes Of Firearm Accidents In Florida
Residents of Florida enjoy the protection of America’s second amendment, which allows for the right to own and use firearms. However, as with the ownership of a car, a gun is a powerful device that, unlike a car, is explicitly designed to do great harm. This means that when a firearm is misused, the chance of a severe injury—or even death—is just as high, if not higher, than if someone improperly drove an automobile.
These are the most common causes of firearm accidents, and you should always strive to avoid making these mistakes with your own weapons.
In the same way that some people are terrible pet owners, wanting an animal but being unwilling to feed or clean them, some are the same with firearms. Firing a gun has a physically deteriorating effect on the weapon. Residue and other particles build up within the barrel and other parts of the weapon. This means that it must be regularly cleaned and maintained for a gun to work correctly and safely.
People who fail to maintain their firearms may find that it ruptures or even explodes on them one day while using the gun. The build-up of dirt and other residues within the gun prevents the bullet from discharging safely, causing the entire weapon to misfire and injure the user.
Improper Ammunition Use
Firearms manufacturers will always recommend that gun owners use only proper caliber, new ammunition with their firearm. However, some people will always question this and use other means. A gun will definitely not operate as intended if a stubborn user tries to use ammunition that is not the proper caliber for that weapon.
However, another risk comes from the use of reloaded or remanufactured ammunition. These are bullets where the parts used in construction come from previously fired ammunition. In some cases, these are “used bullets” sold by companies, but in other cases, this ammunition is handmade by enthusiasts. Without extra care, this can result in a misfire.
One of the worst offenders for firearms accidents is when, as with drunk drivers, people attempt to use firearms while drunk. Tragically, this happens far more often than it should. In some cases, this results in a drunken misfire where a gun is accidentally discharged, resulting in injury.
However, the worst-case scenario is that someone is drunk, angry, and willfully using the weapon to shoot someone else. If that’s the case, the incident graduates from an accident to a criminal act.
The final and most tragic cause of firearm accidents is poor storage resulting in access by children. Every year in America, children die due to getting hold of firearms and playing them like toys, injuring either themselves or other children around them.
If you have a firearm, don’t store it in an easily accessible nightstand drawer or leave it on a coffee table for easy access.
If you or someone you know is injured due to someone else’s improper use of a firearm, talk to an experienced Sarasota/Bradenton firearm accident attorney and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.