The United States has seen a downward trend in recent years in accidental gunfire deaths. However, in Florida that trend is reversing. Statistical analysis shows an increase of people injured by accidental gunfire each year in the state, with the most recent information showing 857 injuries in 2017.
Both gun control advocates and firearms safety advocates see accidental shootings as highly preventable; simple firearm safety rules go a long way toward preventing these incidents from occurring. These accidents can happen with anyone, from a person who has a lack of training in firearm safety to a person who has been using firearms for so long and has gotten so comfortable with them that they have begun to shirk the rules a bit.
The 2017 figure is stunning when you consider the numbers in 2007, when 471 Floridians were admitted to the hospital with non-fatal accidental gunshot wounds. That means within 10 years, the number of firearm accidents in the state had increased by 82 percent, this while there was a 41 percent drop in unintentional gunfire deaths nationally in the 18-year period from 2000 through 2017.
Experts have been searching for reasons why this trend in Florida has been going in the opposite direction. Of note is that the number of Florida residents with a concealed carry permit quadrupled to 1.8 million within that same 10-year period. Applicants for concealed carry permits are required to go through approved training courses that have a live-fire portion, a training session that should be enough for people to learn how to avoid accidental discharges.
Gun safety experts remind users that guns should always be in attached holsters, and that owners should be careful to make sure the safety mechanism is always engaged.
To learn about the courses of action you can take if you become the victim of an accidental shooting, contact an experienced Bradenton, FL personal injury lawyer at Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.