27-year-old Johnathan Hartman of Missoula, Montana was fighting with his girlfriend about his upcoming sentencing for writing bad checks (just one of his four felony convictions). As the two of them were standing on Main Street, Hartman began drinking a bottle of whiskey, took his handgun from his waistband and fired the gun into the roof of their car.
He then stuck the gun in his girlfriend's mouth and threatened to kill her.
He removed the gun, fired a shot by her ear, and pushed her into the car. Hartman then got into the car and drove away. As he went to put the gun into the back of his pants the gun discharged, shooting him in the buttocks.
Hartman was arrested after his release from the hospital and charged with felony assault with a weapon. Newspaper reports did not detail how Hartman, a convicted felon, obtained the handgun. However, it should be noted that Montana allows for the private sale of firearms where there is no criminal background check run on the purchaser.