Last Friday Daily Weekly mentioned the case of 43-year-old Kirk Turya and his gun. Turya, a 43-year-old former Kelso reserve police officer and current long-haul trucker, says Longview City Attorney Steve Shuman is making getting his 9mm Glock back a real pain in the neck. The gun, you see, was involved in the accidental shooting of 11-year-old Bailie Strozyk last October, with the weapon allegedly dropped by Turya's brother, Eric, causing it to discharge and send a bullet ricocheting into a neighboring apartment. Thankfully Strozyk suffered only shaken nerves and minor injuries to her leg.
'I' was asked to handle the gun at my brothers request, due to the fact that he wanted to sell the gun but would be out of town at the time, so he asked me to process the transaction on his behalf. My brother (Kirk Turya) told me that the gun was 'unloaded', but not only was it loaded there was a 'round in the chamber' making the gun ready to fire! When I picked up the gun, it seemed heavy for an unloaded gun and I was in the process of finding the clip release to make the gun safe, when the gun slid down my hand, my finger slipped past the trigger guard and caught the trigger, causing the gun to fire. I did NOT drop the gun and try to catch it in midair, the gun never left my hand. I would also like to mention that the gun had the factory trigger pull setting of 5lbs. adjusted to a 3lb. pull (which the NRA states is unsafe).
Had the gun NOT had a round in the chamber, I could have hit the trigger by mistake (which is what happened), I could have pulled the trigger on purpose, I could have thrown the gun across the room and the gun would NOT have fired, the ONLY reason the gun fired was because Kirk had left a round in the chamber!
I would also like to point out the fact that Kirk transported the gun to my home in that condition. What if he would have gotten into an accident and the gun would have fired? Could have hit someone in his car, the other car, a pedestrian, could have ruptured his gas tank causing an explosion and correct me if I'm wrong, but not only is that unsafe, but I also think it is illegal.
Kirk states in a story by the Daily News on 04/06/12, that he was a "Kelso Reserve Police Officer". If so, then why did he store a gun loaded and ready to fire? Why did he not check the gun and make it safe before asking me to handle it? Why did he transport a gun loaded and ready to fire?
Kirk also states that "the horror of the story" (what happened to the little girl that lives below me) is not lost on him. Really? Then why to this day, has he never apologized to me for asking me to handle an unsafe gun that he told me was unloaded? Why has he not apologized or at least explained the situation (either in person or by mail) to my neighbors downstairs?
The only reason he wants the gun back is because as soon as he gets it, he's going to sell it to the buyer as he had originally planned. ANYONE who asks someone else to handle their gun and tells that the gun is safe, when it is ready to fire, should NOT be a gun owner! ANYONE who transports a loaded gun ready to fire, should NOT be a gun owner!
Posted by: Eric Turya