Monday, November 21, 2011

Criminal justice professor unintentionally shoots himself before class

72-year-old Jack Carney is a retired New York City police officer and currently a criminal justice teacher at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University. Last week, while getting ready to give a test to his class, he went into the hallway and was attempting "to safeguard his handgun." During this process he unintentionally discharged the gun, shooting himself in the leg. According to reports "the round entered and remained in his right leg."
Carney's students came to his aid, calling 911 and stayed with him until the ambulance arrived. He is expected to make a full recovery.
According to campus officials the school has a strict no weapons policy. As a former police officer Carney is legally allowed to carry a loaded, hidden gun in public. But it is still unclear if he was allowed to have the gun on campus.
Students told the newspaper they had no idea why Carney would be carrying a gun on campus. "He would be more careful, you would think," said one of his students.
Ohh shoot.


Baldr Odinson said...

Wow. So many times I have heard the argument by pro-gun folks about how concealed weapons permit holders are responsible, and how carrying on campus is a safe idea. Yet here is an example of someone who is not only well-trained in firearms and a CCL holder, but an *instructor*, who still had an accidental discharge. Luckily no one was killed!

There should be a one-strike-and-you're-out policy to take away his guns, and he should lose his position, but I'm doubting he'll be charged with anything at all.

Ajlounyinjurylaw said...

I have hear this type of injury happening often. My concern is that he was carrying the loaded weapon on school property. That to me is very risky. He could have shot someone accidently instead of his leg. That would have been very unfortunate.