Stories from the Reno Gazette Journal
suspect held in shooting
August 17, 2005
Search continues for
handgun used in fatal incident. Two days after a 16-year-old
Reno boy was fatally shot in the head -- in what police described
as children playing with guns -- his 15-year-old suspected shooter
is being held in juvenile detention on an involuntary manslaughter
teen dies after gun incident
September 21, 2004
14-year-old Minden boy died about 1:40 a.m. Sunday when he put
what he thought was an unloaded handgun to his neck and pulled the
trigger, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office reported. Officials
were not releasing the name of the youth or the location of the
shooting, other than to say it was in the Indian Hills development
at the north end of Douglas County, sheriff's spokesman Tom
could face charges over gun
February 12, 2004
after weapon, bullets found at school Officials said Wednesday
they might seek criminal charges against the parents of a
10-year-old boy who was suspended from Jessie Beck Elementary
School after he brought a handgun and ammunition to school.
Classmates on Monday told a teacher the fourth-grader was carrying
the unloaded gun and clip of bullets, school officials said.
Tahoe man arrested in accidental shooting
February 24, 2000
Police arrested a South
Lake Tahoe man early Wednesday on suspicion he accidentally shot a
friend in the stomach while playing with a handgun. Joshua Parker
18, of South Lake Tahoe remains in stable condition at Barton
Memorial Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery. His
friend, Andrew House 18, is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail at
the El Dorado County Jail on charges of discharging a firearm in a
August 22, 2001
3-year-old girl shot
accidentally. A 3 year-old Dayton girl was in critical
condition with a head wound Tuesday night after being accidentally
shot by one of her brothers, Lyon County sheriff's deputies said.
Authorities said the girl was shot in a bedroom in the family home
on Fortune Street after a brother found their father's
small-caliber handgun, which discharged accidentally about 7:30
p.m. She was taken to Washoe Medical Center in Reno by a Care
Dorado woman dead after shooting
December 12, 2004
A California man who fired shots to try and stop his dogs from
fighting told investigators that he mistakenly hit his roommate
with a bullet, killing her, El Dorado County deputies said.
Avelino Anthony Olanio III, 40, allegedly shot 43-year-old Bobbie
Mortensen with a handgun around 8:30 a.m.
Rules of Gun Safety
Academy is dedicated to teaching and promoting the safe
use of firearms. With all the troubles of today, many
blame the gun for the ills of society, when the gun is
only a tool. A gun left alone,
is only an inanimate object and harmless.
What makes a gun dangerous is an evil or ignorant
person in control of it.
This page is not here to
discuss how to fix the problems of society, but rather
to educate the uneducated in the safe handling of
firearms, in the hope that someone might be spared a
tragedy by our efforts.
Firearms safety is not
something you read, it's something you do. It's a way of
life, a way of thinking and a way of behaving. It must
become a part of you and a constant companion, if you
are to have guns around you. Guns, like many other
tools, are very unforgiving. They demand the respect and
caution you would give anything else that is potentially
These four rules
two things. First, they will prevent you from having an
accident. Second, they will prevent you from hurting
anyone or anything, if you make a mistake and have an
All Guns Are Always Loaded
guns are always loaded. ALWAYS LOADED....
rule means is simply this. You treat every gun as if
it's loaded, until you have checked it yourself,
and verified what condition it is in. Assume every gun
is loaded when you first come in contact with it.
Whether it's yours or mine, or anyone else's, doesn't
matter. It's loaded until you've checked it yourself.
Don't rely on anyone's word, check it yourself.
when the gun is in your hand, you are
responsible for it. It makes no difference who's it is.
If you do something stupid and hurt someone with it,
it's your fault.
ARE ALWAYS LOADED!!! Every time you pick up your gun,
even if it's only been a few minutes since you had it,
check it again..
of "I thought it was unloaded!!.."
won't help after it's done. CHECK IT!
IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS, leave it alone!
Never let your muzzle cover anything that
you are not willing to kill.
let your muzzle cover anything that you are not willing
to kill or destroy. You must always be aware of where
your gun is pointed. Never let it point at anyone or
anything that you don't want to shoot. Think of your gun
having a laser that kills, coming out of the bore on the
same path a bullet would take. If you let that laser
pass over your foot, it's gone. Your child.. Your
spouse.. Or any of a thousand other things you would
never want to hurt.
This is the
rule that saves lives. If your gun is never pointed in
an unsafe direction, then no one can be harmed by it,
even if you do something stupid. Please, please.... Be
careful when you handle a gun. Even if it's empty and
you know it, don't let it point at anyone. This is the
most often broken rule, that kills and maims so often.
People fooling around, with what they thought was an
unloaded gun.....refer to rule #1...
Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger & Out of
The Trigger Guard Always.
and effective.. Keep your finger off the trigger and out
of the trigger guard until your sights are on target,
and you have made the conscious decision to shoot.
modern firearm has a number of safeties built in, that
absolutely prevent the gun from going off unless the
trigger is pulled. If your finger is not on the trigger,
the gun cannot go off. The modern
firearm is an extraordinarily safe thing when used
properly. You can load your gun, throw it on the ground
and kick it down the road, and if the trigger is not
pulled, it can't go off..
television is responsible for most of the true accidents
today. When is the last time you saw a gun in someone's
hand on TV, and their finger was not on the trigger?
Never? Start looking for that and you'll be surprised.
here lies in the primitive brain and the self defense
reaction. When startled, the primitive response is to
tighten up every muscle in the body, including the
trigger finger. If it's on a trigger, it gets pulled. If
it's out of the trigger guard, along the frame, it does
providing graphic examples, please believe me. If you
train yourself to keep your finger away from the
trigger, except when you want a bang, then nothing bad
can happen to you.
Sure Of Your Target And What's
simple, right? Be sure of your target, and what's beyond
about responsibility. The hand that holds the gun is
responsible for whatever is done by that gun. If you
launch a bullet, you are responsible for it, no matter
where it lands.
Do you know
what your gun is capable of? Do you know how far your
bullet can travel? What it can penetrate?
is on every bullet in your gun, along with a list of
everything you own, and everything you ever will own.
That is what you put at risk, along with your freedom,
and perhaps even your life, when you hold a gun.
know where your shot will go when you fire. You must
know what it might hit if you miss your intended target.
And you must know what it can go through, and still have
enough energy to kill. Sheetrock walls are no obstacle
to a bullet. Neither is glass, or floors or most common
man made objects.
fire, look over the intended path carefully. If it's not
safe to shoot that way, don't. If you have to shoot, and
it's not safe to miss, then you better not miss. Find a
way to win. Change the background by moving, or change
the angle by kneeling.
be careful with your guns. Keep your guns secure from kids, and
educate them about gun safety.
If all gun owners would act
responsibly with guns, many of our problems would go away.
Buy a gun safe and use it! And.. JOIN THE NRA!!