BEFORE YOU THINK A GUN IS UNLOADED AND SAFE TO ‘PLAY’ WITH…PLEASE CHECK IT FIRST. GUNS DON’T KILL PEOPLE – STUPID PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE!
AS IN THIS CASE: Chaz Ursomanno’s girlfriend told him to put the gun away, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Instead, the 22-year-old Seminole man told her it was safe and unloaded.
He put the gun to his head, pulled the trigger and accidentally shot himself in the head.
HERE ARE A FEW OTHER MIS-FIRES:
An Orlando teen begged police to call an ambulance late Saturday after shooting himself in the testicles, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
The unidentified teen was lying on his bed, watching TV and playing with a 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol when it fired, the report stated.
“I was trying to tie the gun around my leg,” he said, describing the accidental discharge to officers.
The bullet went through the scrotum and lodged in his right upper thigh. Police were unable to locate his mother that night, the report stated.
The police department is recommending that the Orange-Osceola State Attorney’s Office charge the teen with unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor and unlawful discharge of a firearm. State law prohibits anyone under 18 from possessing a loaded gun unless participating in legal hunting or a shooting activity supervised by an adult, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
A 68-year-old Ellenton man accidentally shot himself in the stomach Saturday during the Suncoast Gun Show at the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto, reports The Bradenton Herald.
The man had taken his own 9 mm semi-automatic handgun into the show with the intent of selling it, according to police.
The gun show staff did perform safety precautions during the show: As people entered the exhibit, they removed the magazine and ammo from all weapons brought into the show. They even took the extra step of placing a zip-tie device in the trigger housing, according to police.
But the man left the show, got back to his vehicle, then reloaded his firearm. The gun went off while he was trying to remove the zip-tie, police report.
Rafael Ubeda, a Miami man, got an unhappy meal at McDonald’s.
Ubeda, 44, has a concealed weapons permit issued by the state of Florida and was carrying a .22 caliber Derringer handgun in his coat pocket. He told a Monroe County detective his hands were cold and when he put them in his pockets, he must have hit the trigger and the gun fired, according to a sheriff’s report.
Deputies stopped the car about six miles south. Detective Mike Wilkinson responded and was interviewing Ubeda when he noticed blood on the man’s pants leg. Ubeda was not aware of the fact that he’d shot himself in the leg.
Paramedics took him to Mariner’s Hospital, where he was treated for his injury. Ubeda will not be charged in connection with the accidental discharge of his firearm because Florida law requires the discharge of a firearm to be done “knowingly” in order for it to result in an arrest, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.