Monday, March 1, 2010

A Tale of Two Concealed Weapons Permit Holders

A Florida concealed weapons permit holder put his Glock handgun in his truck console in order to enter a post office where firearms are not allowed. Later that day he sent his two sons out to the truck to get his coat and hat. Instead, the boys found the gun. The 10-year-old boy shot and killed his 11-year-old brother. The boy ran inside screaming he had accidentally shot his brother. The father raced outside to his other son. "I knelt down to see if there was life. There wasn't," the father said.


An Ohio man shot and killed a woman in what authorities called "carelessness with a firearm and alcohol." 26-year-old Matthew Culbertson had been drinking at a friend's house when, according to police he went outside and loaded a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun (for which he had a concealed weapons permit), fired a few rounds and went back inside.
Authorities say Culbertson pointed the gun at four different people in jest. When 22-year-old Jerri Vernon asked if the gun was loaded Culbertson pointed the gun at her, said "Let's see" and pulled the trigger. The gun fired a bullet into Jerri's abdomen. She later died of her injuries.
Authorities have now charged Culbertson with "felony murder." In an attempt to show that Culbertson was knowledgeable about firearms and clearly understood the dangers of pointing a gun at someone authorities searched his home looking to collect evidence "directly or indirectly related to the operation, knowledge, education, training, courses, classes or certificates of firearms."
In addition to seizing two more guns police also confiscated a membership card in Gun Owners of America, various shooting awards, a target, and several books, including "NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting."
Ohh shoot.

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