Hardly a day can pass without a new story making headline discussing the importance of gun safety. Near Los Angeles, students attending a school safety event were injured when a police officer accidentally fired his weapon. Although the Los Angeles-area children were not struck by any bullets, but their injuries were a result of the accidental discharge.
In another state, one state representative accidentally fired a handgun in her Kentucky office. Although no one was injured in the incident, it has provoked an outcry from the public and numerous calls for her resignation.
Representative Combs is a concealed-carry permit holder, According to the state police, in order to qualify for a concealed-carry permit, a person must “Demonstrate competence with a firearm by successful completion of a firearms safety or training course offered or approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Training.” Presumably, Representative Combs took the required course, showing that compliance with firearms laws does not guarantee gun safety.
What if the Representative’s errant shot had hit a visitor to the capitol, or if the school children had been actually stricken by a bullet? In addition to any criminal charges that could have been filed against the gun-carrier, the victims of the accidental shooting likely would have had a right to recovery for their injuries. When a person negligently injures another person with a firearm, they can be held financially responsible for those injuries. And where a person is killed in an accidental shooting, the surviving immediate family members of the deceased may have a right to payment for their loved one’s wrongful death.
Accidental shooting cases can take a variety of forms. A person may accidentally shoot the gun when they are playing around with the gun, thinking that the gun was unloaded, or they may have been handling the gun while intoxicated. Other cases involve firearms that weren’t secured, leaving them available to children and others.
When you are injured in an accidental shooting or a loved one is killed by a negligent gun owner, it is essential that you seek competent legal counsel as soon as possible after the incident. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you evaluate your case and determine whether you have a right to compensation for your injuries.
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