It was supposed to a family night of Disney movies and songs but it turned into a very scary evening for those gathered in the living room. An Aurora mom, best friend and children were settling in to watch a movie when a bullet ripped through the ceiling of her home and became lodged in the flat screen TV.
Police briefly detained the three people in the apartment from which the bullet was shot, but released them after determining the incident was an accident. Police say the handgun discharged after 25-year-old Amy Walter picked it up. Walter was charged with several misdemeanors. She was briefly arrested, but has since been released.
Such an incident is far from uncommon, and serves as a reminder as to how critical is safe gun-handling. The fundamental NRA rules for safe gun handling are:
1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.