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Whether you’re in favor of gun control or opposed to it, we can probably agree on one point: keeping a loaded and unsecured handgun in your car is a less-than-good idea. A 23-year-old Tennessee man found this out the hard way, when he shot himself though both legs with a revolver kept under the seat of his Nissan Altima.
Justin Newberry was traveling on Tennessee’s Interstate 24, when a momentary distraction forced him to brake heavily for traffic ahead. His Taurus Judge revolver, which can shoot either .45 caliber bullets or .410 shotgun shells, slid from under the seat of his Altima.
When Newberry reached for the gun, he inadvertently grabbed it by the trigger, causing it to fire a .410 slug through his right thigh and into his left leg.
Newberry, though in serious pain, was able to call 911 on his cell phone. His trouble was a long way from over, however, as a quick police search of his car turned up marijuana, drug paraphernalia and several false or stolen identification documents.
Almost as bad, the severity of his injuries required first-responders to dispatch a LifeFlight helicopter to transport Newberry to Vanderbilt University Hospital in nearby Nashville. He’ll be facing numerous criminal charges, as well as one over-sized ambulance bill, upon his release from the hospital.
[MSNBC with a hat tip to David Reuter]