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12/12/2012 6:00:00 AM
Shotgun goes off in truck

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter


A woman getting gasoline suffered minor injuries after being struck by pellets from a shotgun that accidentally went off in the truck at the pump next to her.

The incident happened around 1 p.m. at a gas station in the 5000 block of West Highway 68 in Golden Valley. Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter said the unidentified man told deputies that he went to place his shotgun in the gun rack above his seat when it accidentally went off.

The pellets blew a hole through the truck and ricocheted off the vehicle and nearby pumps. Carter said the woman was struck by one of the fragments after it bounced off of something else and characterized her injuries as minor.

She was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

The owner of the shotgun was not cited in the incident.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: We're Number 1 We're Number 1.

Thank you, AZ Biker for Lesson 101 entitled "Guns - Gotta Love 'em". But please understand in a country that has by far the most guns per capital than any other nation, when you have so many with guns you are bound to have 1 or 2 or 20 or 200 nutballs that won't follow basic safety rules. Unfortunately the responsible gun owners must pay for the irresponsible.

Some stats:
US has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, next country is Yemen with 61 per 100, followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38. (2007 study by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies).


Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Article comment by: NORTHERN STAR

We all should be more concerned about the irresponsible gun owner, whom should have been sited. It is shocking to me the law enforcement officer did not take this serious. Thank goodness
this lady is ok. Take his gun away!


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: AZ Biker

It's legal to carry your firearm in Arizona, but you need to be safe. The best way to carry it is NOT TO HAVE A ROUND IN THE CHAMBER. That way, if you drop it or it falls, it's not going to accidentally discharge, which could kill you or someone else.
If you actually do need to pull your weapon, all you have to do is cock it once to chamber a round. Revolvers can leave one chamber empty in the cylinder to keep your trigger hammer on the empty hole, and it's ready to go on the next round when you cock it.
Automatics, you can keep the magazine in but don't cock it, and leave it unchambered till you need to use it.
Keeping your gun unchambered is the best way to carry it, unless you're in Combat.
If you keep your gun unchambered you're not likely to have an accidental discharge like this man did.
If you are wearing your gun while working around the home, keep it unchambered so it doesn't discharge if you bump it.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: And your point is?

@ Proud Kingmanite

"Let's get this straight. Both the Cat Hoarder situation and the Shot Gun incident have taken place in Golden Valley."

What's your point? Why is it news here then? Yes I know they are Mohave County and under their jurisdiction but what does that change?


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Why Here?

Why is this story even news for Kingman? I understand that an elderly couple (In their 60's, and 80's) completely lost their home around W Cactus Wren Rd on the 26th of November. There was no mention in the paper, no report of injuries, and most importantly do these folks need help? Someone needs to flip the glass over cause it's upside down!

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Officer Arrests, County Attorney Charges, Jury/Judge Decides Guilt

An arrest warrant should be issued. Among the charges endangerment, wreckless operation of a firearm and I'm sure there are full more laws this irresponsible gun owner violated.

The officer was negligent in not making an arrest. Shooting any kind of a firearm is serious.


Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Negligent Discharge

Articles like this are why so many people think firearms are inherently dangerous. As Jack said, guns don't just "go off", and anyone familiar with that concept is reading this lame article with frustration. What really happened was that the person putting away his shotgun pulled the trigger by mistake. Gun's don't just "go off" like magic, and it would be nice the paper would correct the title to something like, "Negligent Discharge of shotgun in truck".

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Stephen

The lack of detail in this article is concerning. The proper questions in regards to how the firearm could have gone off were not asked. Guns do not just "go off" without some kind of force or interaction. They're inanimate objects! What gets me is the fact that the guy got off without so much as a citation, if you have a loaded firearm in reach from anyone it needs to have its safety on. If you have a firearm affixed to your vehicle where anyone can get to it, it needs to have its safety on. If someone gets hurt from your lack of care you should be reprimanded properly.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

The question should be why was this person not held responsible for and act that could have resulted in death to some poor soul who was in the wrong place at the wrong time ? There is no excuse for this other than most of the politicians get their marching orders from the gun lobby.

Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Yeah, all shotguns have safetys...unless it's home-made. And then that's against the law too.

Geez! I didn't know it was legal to carry a loaded shotgun in Arizona....Heck, I'm gonna put a gun rack in my car!


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: RJ Ktown

People still carry guns on racks in their trucks? ROFL!

By the way - why was his gun out of the rack anyhow? At a gas station!


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Just a Thought

My question is, does the shotgun have a safety? If so, why wasn't it on? This could have been prevented by a simple flick of a switch or push of a button.
If the shotgun did have a safety and it wasn't on, maybe a citation for not properly securing the firearm is in order?
Just a thought.


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Just Sayin

@ The Fox Hound
I see another person who likes to stereotype. My family has been in this community for generations and we all have great teeth, productive members, non drug users, and proud responsible gun owners.
I would like to see the stats of the people who are doing the crazy stuff and see how many generations of their families have been in this town.
I do agree that it is a bit crazy the cat lady is being hung by her toes while someone got shot and didn't get a citation....but I don't make or enforce the laws.


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Proud Kingmanite

@ The Fox Hound. Please note. Let's get this straight. Both the Cat Hoarder situation and the Shot Gun incident have taken place in Golden Valley.

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

So let me get this straight now, it's not illegal to carry a loaded shotgun in your gun rack. Because he wasn't ticketed. But it is illegal to try and help a crazy lady with 50 cats. Kinda makes you proud to be a Kingmenite. Not so much



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