Three accidentally shot during season opener

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Three people in southwest Missouri accidentally shot themselves during the opening weekend of firearms deer season, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

None of the injuries proved fatal. Details remain unavailable while MDC completes its investigations, but the injuries are a reminder for hunters to be especially careful when they are handling firearms.

“One of the big things people need to remember is, when hunters are transporting their firearms, they should be unloaded and the actions open,” said Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) Hunter Education and Shooting Range Coordinator Justin McGuire.

Three accidentally shot during season opener

“Over the years, failure to transport firearms safely has directly led to people injuring themselves and others,” he said. “Many times, people are injured by firearms that were assumed to have been unloaded. Keeping the actions open and the muzzles pointed in a safe direction removes all doubt.”

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McGuire said other firearms safety guidelines to remember are:

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction
  • Always keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire
  • Always keep the safety on until you’re ready to fire
  • Always be 100 percent sure of your target and what’s beyond it

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