Keeping tabs on Unintentional Discharges

One of the ways I keep an eye on Unintentional Discharges is via Google Alerts on a weekly basis. Although I prefer the LAPD definition of Unintentional Discharge, the most common phrase found in the news is ‘accidental discharge,’ so that’s what my search is set for. I know that “negligent discharge” is the common vernacular in the firearms community but as Marty Hayes of Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network has pointed out, ‘negligent’ has a specific meaning in legal terms that does not fit the circumstances of most UDs. Consequently, I don’t use ‘negligent discharge’ except when the applicable legal definition fits the incident. If we’re going to pick nits about the difference between ‘clip’ and ‘magazine,’ let’s pick nits consistently.

Here is this week’s list:

Google Alert – “accidental discharge”

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To:          me

Date:     Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 08:06 PM EDT


“accidental discharge”

Weekly update ⋅ May 5, 2022

3 Piqua PD officers injured in accidental discharge incident –

3 Piqua PD officers injured in accidental discharge incident … PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) — A firearm was accidentally discharged inside the Piqua police …

‘Accidental’ Gun Discharge Hits Douglassville Woman – The Sanatoga Post

… Police from the Troop L Barracks in Reading reported Friday (April 29, 2022), in what they said was an “accidental discharge of a firearm.”.

Victim of reported accidental shooting ID’d as 64-year-old – Bring Me The News

The man who died after being shot in the head as a result of a reported accidental discharge has been identified. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s …

Capitol Police incompetence: Officer suspended over accidental gun discharge | Just The News

The accidental discharge comes as Capitol Police are already under fire for a series of mistakes. The department ordered the Capitol to be …

Soldier who accidentally killed comrade is convicted of manslaughter | The Times of Israel

Staff Sgt. Yonatan Granot, killed by an apparent accidental discharge from another serviceman’s weapon in the Jordan Valley (Courtesy).

Union Township woman wounded accidentally, state police say – The Mercury

Troopers said the incident was an accidental discharge of a firearm. The woman was taken to the Reading Hospital, where she was treated for …

Uncle allegedly shoots 4-year-child in Taylor in accidental shooting – The News Herald

… remains under investigation, Canning said preliminarily it appears to be a case of gross negligence — an accidental discharge of a firearm.

Incident Reports & Arrests April 22-26 – The Post-Searchlight

Accidental discharge of firearm reported on the 200 block of Hales Landing Rd. · Criminal trespass reported on the 700 block of E. · Burglary reported …

Lake Lillian Shooting Victim Identified | KDUZ

The initial news release said at 10:34 p.m., a person called the sheriff’s office to report an accidental discharge of a firearm that hit Coulston …

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