RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. – A man who went to get training for his gun permit got a bit more acquainted with the firearms than he expected when he was accidentally shot by the person running the class. 

Police say that a civilian firearms trainer for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office was leading a class on Saturday, August 10 for citizens who wanted to earn their concealed carry license. They say that during a “trigger pull test”, a weapon that was thought to be unloaded went off, striking a student in the leg.

He was trying to get his concealed carry permit, but then a trainer accidentally shot him in the leg. (Flickr)

 

The victim of the gunshot wound was attending Ben Clark Training Center’s gun range in Riverside. The Desert Sun reported that gun range staff inspect students’ firearms during the course and students are instructed to unload their guns.

But they said that during the inspection, the range employee — a civilian instructor the department did not identify  — administered a “trigger pull test” and accidentally shot the man in the leg. Range staff members initially treated the injured man until paramedics were able to get to the range.

“Paramedics arrived and the citizen was transported to a local hospital where he received treatment for a non-life-threatening wound,” the Riverside Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. 

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Authorities noted that the wounded man was a county employee, but say that he attended the firearms training course as a private civilian – not in any official capacity. 

Officials say that the man was treated at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. If he wants to complete the course and get his concealed permit, he’ll have to head back to the range for another day of training. 

 

The Desert Sun reported that the “accidental discharge” is being investigated by both the sheriff’s Perris Station staff and the staff at the Ben Clark Training Center. 

California is listed as a “may issue” state, which essentially means that concealed carrying weapons permits are issued by law enforcement agencies. The Riverside Sheriff’s Office, in this case, handles all of the permit applications in the county. 

 

A 2018 made it so applicants had to complete a training course approved by the licensing authority in their region, which usually cover safety, legal matters and actual shooting technique.

The department uses Ben Clark Training Center as the primary facility for permit applicants.

 

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