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Accidental shot reported to APD

ALBANY, Ga. -- Unloading a Glock 22-caliber pistol, 39-year-old Malika Norwood shot herself in the lower right leg before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 3800 block of Dominion Court. She was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, according to an Albany Police Department report.

She was reported in good condition at 4:30 p.m. by a hospital spokeswoman.

Police reports emphasized that semi-automatic Glock pistol owners should remember that when the clip is removed, a bullet remains in the chamber ready to fire.

Albany police plan to offer a basic firearm safety course starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 3. Plans call for the course at the Law Enforcement Center's Community Room to last eight hours. It will cover basic handgun safety, legal issues and handling skills needed to deploy a handgun for self-defense.

Limited seats are available for those 21 years or older. Police will conduct a background check on applicants. For questions on the course call (229) 483-6298.

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dmyers80 1 year, 9 months ago

Everyone should have to take the gun safety course just like the hunters have to before they get their liscense... Rule #1 Never point your gun at anything you dont intend on shooting. Rule#2 Never pull the trigger unless you are trying to shoot your gun!!!

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bigbob 1 year, 9 months ago

And treat every firearm as if it were loaded, easy stuff.

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

A common mistake is visually checking the chamber before removing the magazine. You see an empty chamber but when you let go of the slide, you just racked a round into the chamber. Then removing the magazine leaves you with the mistaken impression and mental image that the pistol is now unloaded.

Remember: Remove the magazine first then visually inspect the chamber. And always point the weapon in a safe direction when pulling the trigger.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

Now they will be looking down the barrel and pulling the trigger to check to see if there's a bullet in there, Cartman! How cruel can you be??

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dmyers80 1 year, 9 months ago

Also the Hunter's Safety course teaches that the gun should be handled and transported with the action open!!! This will prevent any kind of discharge.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

You first need to have a functioning BRAIN before touching a gun. That rules out a LOTS of local citizens................like the one in the article.

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

Rule one is never point a firearm at anything you do not wish to destroy. The correct term is Magazine, not clip. I am suprised our Marine friends have let you get away with that one. Bottom line, one moments carelessness can lead to a lifetime of pain. Accidental discharges happen when people forget just how dangerous these things are. However, the Gang Banger in California that shoved a Glock 22 into the front of his pants so he could scoop the money out of the register,with his finger on the trigger, has always been one of my favorites. At least that gene pool has been drained dry.

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 9 months ago

Walt,

I'm not intending to be argumentive, but my philosophy is "There are no accidental discharges, only negligent discharges".

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 9 months ago

Maybe the Staff Reporter should take the APD Safety Class. Glock does not make a Glock-22 caliber pistol. They make a Glock Model 22 pistol in .40 S&W Caliber. Might help in reporting facts.

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