Friday, April 7, 2023

Student Unintentionally Shoots Himself While Walking on Campus

 A 39-year-old college student at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, Florida is in critical condition after unintentionally shooting himself in the thigh. 

According to police, the student was running late to class when surveillance footage showed him pulling into the parking lot and hurrying towards a building. Seconds later the gun tucked into his waistband unintentionally discharged and he fell to the ground. The student was found unconscious, laying on top of a 9mm handgun. 

Police noted that while the student did have a concealed weapons permit, carrying a firearm on school grounds is illegal. 

"We don't know what his intentions were," said police. "He could have forgotten that he had it tucked in his waistband, or he could have been intentionally taking it with him to class." The student is facing charges for violating the campus firearm policy. 

Just this week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that would allow residents to carry a concealed loaded weapon without a permit or any firearm training.  A recent study out of Johns Hopkins University found that loosening concealed carry laws was associated with a 24% increase in the rate of assault with firearms. 

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