If you read the headlines you may have seen the press this week on Kentucky State Representative Leslie Combs. Combs was responsible for a negligent discharge of her Ruger LCP pistol while in the Kentucky State Captiol Annex. She was unloading the pistol and did not follow the proper safety procedure – which is the typical procedure for any semi-auto handgun:
- Remove the magazine
- Rack the slide
- Verify that the chamber is clear
Instead of following those simple and repeatable safety protocols she chose to pull the trigger without clearing the chamber and the result was a negligent discharge. It didn’t take long for the #bullymoms to call for Combs’ resignation– it’s a bit surprising considering the fact that Combs is a Democrat, but this is a reminder of the endless determination that the Civilian Disarmament complex has to accomplish its goals. This is NOT a partisan issue. This incident is only one example of the risks of negligent handling of firearms.
It should be a sobering reminder to everyone who carries in today’s America: whether you like it or not you are an ambassador of the 2A every time you carry a gun. If you act in a negligent manner with a firearm you are helping the Antis build their narrative. After the past 12 months of mainstream media (journolist) propaganda there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that reporters will gleefully seize every opportunity they can to attack the 2A. Everyone who carries a firearm can do a few simple things to prevent negligent discharges and all the bad consequences that come with them:
- Always follow the proper safe handling and unloading protocols. This should be obvious but it’s so absolutely vital that it must be repeated. Follow Coopers Laws of firearm safety to the absolute letter
- Check for safety recalls on your firearms. Even the popular Ruger LCP had a problem where some models could discharge if dropped not too long ago
- Use high quality holsters and never carry without a proper holster that covers the trigger guard
- Inspect your carry holsters for wear and replace them as needed
- If you plan to drop the hammer or striker on a pistol when it’s unloaded, double-check the chamber before you press the trigger
These are simple steps we all need to take – for safety and for Liberty.