Ogden man cleaning gun accidentally shoots self, wife

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  • blazineagle West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    The 4 Universal Rules of Gun Safety

    1. ALWAYS treat every gun as if it was loaded.
    2. Keep your finger OFF the trigger until your sights on the target AND you have made the decision to fire.
    3. NEVER point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy (including yourself).
    4. BEFORE your decision to fire, be sure of your target, it's environment and any other safety hazards (ex: what is beyond your target).

    An added rule: NEVER have/keep ammunition anywhere nearby when cleaning your gun.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    Three very basic things to remember about guns:

    1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
    2. Keep it pointed in a safe direction.
    3. Keep your finger off the trigger.

    And, yeah, cleaning a gun at 2:15 AM is a really, really strange schedule, so there may be more to this story.

    Lucky he did not qualify for a Darwin Award, but it was close.

    Oct. 8, 2013 2:51 p.m.

    @patriot "After a visual check always dry fire the weapon into the ground outside."

    Really, Cedar Hills doesn't have an ordinance against firing a gun within city limits?

  • Eliot Genola, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    I would add a second safety tip. Never clean your gun at 2:15 in the morning. Go to bed and get it done in the morning when you are awake.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 8, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    holy cow - this is bad. I can't imagine working on a gun without checking to see if it was loaded. This is just careless gun ownership and the guy is lucky to be alive. After a visual check always dry fire the weapon into the ground outside.