But how do we keep ourselves safe from good guys who accidentally drop their guns at the mall? It's a good question, especially in light of a recent scary-as-hell event in Silverdale.
According to the Kitsap Sun, a 58-year-old Poulsbo man accidentally dropped his two-shot Derringer pistol at a Cost Plus World Market on Saturday - sending a 38-caliber bullet into a stack of nesting rope baskets and customers fleeing for cover.
As the Sun reports:
The incident occurred at about 1:50 p.m. The 58-year-old Poulsbo man who owned the gun told Kitsap County sheriff's deputies that he had removed the two-shot Derringer pistol from a holster on his belt before entering the store. The man put the holster and gun in his coat pocket, and "while he was in Cost Plus, he bent over, the pistol fell out and discharged," said Scott Wilson. sheriff's office spokesman.
Witnesses said there were about 35 customers and staff present at the time, and the shot went off in the middle of the store. Store personnel made an announcement over the PA system for everyone to evacuate, Wilson said.
What's the best part of this story? Aside from the obvious - that no one was injured - the fact that the bullet damaged the leg of a day bed on display and eventually lodged itself in a stack of nesting rope baskets has to be near the top.
But for my money, the fact that the man responsible for the accidental shot - who carried a a valid concealed weapon permit and was not arrested - was found by police in a nearby Barnes & Noble thanks to witness' descriptions takes the cake.
According to the Sun, a police report filed after the event has been forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office for consideration of a reckless endangerment charge.