Please check your donations for loaded firearms

This looks like a very unfortunate accident.

Worker sorting clothes dies when gun goes off in thrift store – chicagotribune.com.

A woman was fatally shot in the chest when a gun accidentally discharged while she and another worker sorted through donated clothing in a thrift store in the Brainerd neighborhood on the Far South Side, authorities said.

The co-worker told police he discovered a sock with something in it and emptied the sock into his hand, according to a police statement. A .22-caliber handgun slipped out of the sock and accidentally discharged in his hand, striking Dominguez in the chest, police said.

It seems he may have accidentally pulled the trigger and Carmen Dominguez was in the line of fire. Tragic. But it is yet another example that simply having weapons as a common and casual part of society is a recipe for disaster.

  2 comments for “Please check your donations for loaded firearms

  1. Tom
    March 9, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Incredible, somebody left a loaded firearm in clothing then donated the clothing without first even checking the pockets and this person was allowed a GUN! even the NRA must boggle at this one.

    • knightofbob
      March 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      Yep, let’s just comment without reading the article. You should be happy to know that commenters of the extreme opposite opinion agree with you.

      The firearm in question was hidden in a sock. You might recognize that as not a pocket. We’re all speculating from this point on.

      Chicago banned any handgun ownership before 2010. They’ve been pretty adamant about contradicting that since. And it was a .22LR, a cartridge favored by the elderly. I’d guess this was a gun owned an elderly person who unfortunately passed, and their belongings were unceremoniously dumped into a donation bin. It was probably banged around a lot. Somehow, it didn’t go off then. A gun even the NRA would recognize as not allowed.

      An employee familiar with firearms would have not cocked the hammer, would have not pointed the gun at his co-worker, nor would have pulled the trigger. “Simply having weapons as a common and casual part of society” actually could have prevented this.

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