Sad News Story: Woman Shot While Locking Away Rifle

“Authorities said the 76-year-old woman shot herself in the neck and jaw just after 6 p.m. while trying to lock up a rifle in the family’s gun cabinet at her home on Baker Acres Drive in Melrose.”

It wasn’t very long ago that I was afraid of all of the rifles and guns that GB had in our house. I wanted to learn how to tell if they were loaded and what safety features each had, but I felt overwhelmed because it was a lot to keep straight. As someone who had, at that point, never shot a firearm before, they all looked alike. I couldn’t tell them them apart or remember which had safeties and which didn’t. It was a frightening experience for me. But GB worked with me to learn how to tell when a firearm is unloaded and on safe. And when we store rifles and guns in our gun safes, they are all of them unloaded. Not some loaded and some not so as to avoid confusion or any mistakes.

I was sad to read that a woman shot herself this week trying to put a rifle in her gun safe. I wonder if she knew how to tell if the rifle was safe, if someone taught her like GB taught me. I wonder if her family made a conscious effort to keep the firearms in the safe all in the same condition to avoid confusion. I hope that she and her family will learn from this incident and take steps to keep everyone in their house aware of which guns and rifles are where, what their features are, etc. I’m glad that her injuries are non-life threatening and wish her a speedy recovery.


  • Sevesteen says:

    I do it differently–Carry guns are left in whatever state they were in before they go in the safe, usually loaded. I handle guns as if they are loaded regardless, and check their status when I retrieve them from the safe. .

    My feeling is that loading and unloading is marginally riskier than leaving them loaded, both in handling and the risk of bullet setback. I also don’t want to assume the status of a gun without actually checking. The difference is minor, so I won’t argue with someone who does it differently .

    • girlsloveguns says:

      Why do you lock up your carry guns? Our house situation works out so that we can lock up all of our target/shooting range guns in the safe and keep our carry guns on us or within our grasp instead of putting them in the safe.

      I find it’s easier for my terrible memory to have all of one condition in the safe and all of another condition out of the safe. Even still, I check any guns entering or exiting the safe.

      Whatever works best for the handlers, whatever keeps them safe, is the best way for them to do it.

  • Sevesteen says:

    (thought I had answered this already)

    We have more carry guns than people to carry them–it is the currently unused ones that get locked. There is usually one unlocked gun in the house if we are home, either being carried or ‘nightstand”.

    • girlsloveguns says:

      That’s so cool that you have more carry guns than gun carriers. I aspire to have that problem someday. 😀 Having unlocked guns at home is something that I find important. Nightstand or on me, I like being able to reach for my gun if I have to. It seems like there are more and more robberies in my neighborhood each day. I don’t want to be another victim.

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