Guns cause thousands of catastrophic injuries and deaths every year. Firearms kept in homes are 22 times more likely to be involved in an accidental shooting than to be used for self-defense. It is estimated that 31 percent of accidental deaths caused by guns may have been prevented by the addition of safety devices.
There are 11 states that have laws concerning firearm-locking devices. Connecticut requires locking devices on all handguns sold. The law also requires that:
- A firearm have a locking device made from material strong enough to prevent it from being easily disabled.
- A firearm be accessible by key or electronic or mechanical accessory specific to the locking device to prevent unauthorized removal.
Connecticut laws regarding accidental shooting cases are complex. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or death as a result of an accidental shooting, you want to seek the aid of a law firm with experience handling these types of cases.
How to Prevent Accidental Shootings
Firearm safety is important and should be followed at all times. The addition of an approved safety device is just one of many ways to prevent unintentional shootings from occurring. These gun safety tips can also help avoid tragedy:
- Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
- Always unload a firearm when not in use.
- Avoid all horseplay with a firearm.
- Keep the safety on and finger off the trigger at all times until ready to shoot.
- Never shoot a bullet at a flat, hard surface or water.
- Store firearms separate from ammunition.
- Keep firearms and ammunition out of the reach of all children.
A standard rule when it comes to safety and guns: you can never be too careful.
Rise in Gun Deaths: What It Costs
Of the 32,351 reported gun deaths in 2011, 591 of them were declared accidental shootings, and 102 of the people killed were under the age of 18.
These sorts of tragic shootings happen due to a number of causes. They include:
- Failure to keep a gun properly locked up and protected
- Playing with a gun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Playing with a gun at a house party
- Horseplay or playing “chicken,” not knowing that a gun was loaded
- Hunting accidents
Our Law Firm Protects Your Rights
The truth is that accidental shootings can happen to anyone, anywhere regardless of age, gender or race. It is your right to demand accountability from the gun owner who was negligent and irresponsible.
The Flood Law Firm is interested in protecting your rights. We handle accidental shooting cases across Connecticut. If you or a loved one has been a victim in an accidental shooting, contact our office today regarding your legal options and chance for compensation.