Gun safety instructor accidentally fired handgun inside Stillwater school just before class began
"Do as I say, not as I do, kids!"
If the instructor of the firearms class offered at Stillwater's Salem Lutheran School is a model of gun safety, we'd hate to be around the reckless folks.
That's because the 76-year-old teacher and Cottage Grove resident could face charges after accidentally firing a .45-caliber just before last Thursday's class began.
One of the guns the instructor brought in his gun case that night was a 1911 Colt 45. A student asked him to take it out of the case so they could get a closer look, and Woodbury Patch explains what happened from there:
[The student] told the teacher he wasn't familiar with the gun and questioned the teacher about it being partially cocked.
At that point the instructor picked up the 1911 Colt 45 and showed the man the different types of safeties on the gun--all while pointing it away from the eight kids and their parents who were getting ready for the class to begin.
While the teacher was explaining the different types of safeties on the gun, the handgun discharged, causing a bullet to go through the wall of the cafeteria.
The teacher "assumed the weapon was empty," he later told police. But he took full responsibility and told them, "you gentlemen can't imagine the embarrassment I feel towards myself... I am completely sorry for the incident that took place."
Though discharging a firearm within city limits in illegal in Stillwater, the Star Tribune reports that investigators are satisfied the firing was accidental. But according to Patch, the matter has still been forwarded to the city attorney for review of possible charges.
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