A Colorado Springs man accidentally killed his friend over the weekend when his gun went off unexpectedly.
The incident is a tragic reminder of the importance of gun safety.
From 2004 to 2007, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office recorded fifteen similar incidents.
Christopher Walker served fifteen months in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and says as dangerous as the job is, it was accidental gunfire that killed one of his comrades when a soldier cleaning his gun forgot to check if it was loaded, “he just simply forgot, and he discharged it and shot the soldier right across from him”.
The Division of Wildlife offers hunter education classes, which teach the mechanics of guns, how to properly clean and store them, and most importantly, the responsibilities involved in handling a gun.
Officer JT Romatzke says there are many rules that go along with handling a gun, but most importantly, always treat a firearm as if it is loaded.
Romatzke says whenever handling a firearm, watch where you’re pointing, “don't ever aim a firearm in the direction of something you're not willing to destroy”.
Romatzke says the more people who learn about proper gun safety, the less likely it will be for these types of incidents to occur.
For more information on hunter education classes, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/Education/HunterEducationCourses/