Gun retailers talk safety in wake of mother’s accidental shooting death in Idaho

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SEATTLE — Local gun retailers say accidental shootings, like the one at an Idaho Walmart on Tuesday, could be prevented if gun owners took the proper safety measures.

Mike Coombs, of Outdoor Emporium, doesn’t just sell guns, he also uses them. He’s very careful about having them around his children.

“I own a lot of firearms, but they’re all locked up. And I teach my kids and family members that every firearm should be treated it as if it’s loaded.”

He tries to teach his customers as well. He gives them free cable trigger locks when they purchase a gun.

“You can either put it through the cylinder or through the barrel,” says Mike Albert. “I like using the barrel, because then nothing’s going through it.”

For about $10, gun owners can get a combination trigger lock. Coombs says something like that could have prevented a tragedy like the one in Idaho.

He understands people who want to take advantage of their right to carry a concealed weapon, but says gun owners have to take extra precautions.

“I don’t know what the law reads, but I think it (the firearm) has to be on your body or in your control,” he says. “If it’s somewhere else, it’s not going to be in your control. You have to be smart with it and keep it in a safe, locked position with kids and other people.”

He’s partnered with both King County and Seattle Children’s Hospital, taking part in lock box giveaways and spreading the word about responsible gun ownership.

“There’s really no excuse for anyone to have a firearm and not have it locked up.”

Coombs says he will offer a discount on certain safes and locks to Q13 Fox News viewers, if they mention this story.

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8 comments

  • jeff

    This was something that could have been avoided the oh how tragic and sad this is will start over flowing with concern. That said, this is sad, but there needs to be an emphasis on gun owners securing their weapons. Enforcing existing law can go along way of stemming this tide. Reinforcing the penalties for unsecured weapons would let gun owners know their weapons have to be secured.

    • Spam and Rice

      This is tragic, but all the laws and background checks in the world would have never prevented it. I lost someone to a gun accident and witnessed more bad behavior with guns than I care to recall. The culprit every time is not an absence of laws, but rather: Personal Responsibility. This is an endangered concept in our less than brave new world, but it is reality.

      How exactly do you plan on enforcing these laws? are the police going to enter my home to make sure my fire arm is locked up in accordance with a law? This is horrific for all parties involved, but no amount of laws of oversight would have prevented it.

  • justme

    If it’s locked up when home, how is the person supposed to grab it to defend themselves against home invaders? As for this woman leaving it in her purse, RIP. And I think it’s reasonable to expect someone using a concealed carry permit to have the gun in an approved holster on their body and with whatever safety there is ON. Other people could have been killed in this incident. I don’t mind knowing people are carrying, I do mind knowing people aren’t educated and required to do it safely.

    • Alice Smith

      Agree with everything you wrote. When I read the line in the article, “There’s really no excuse for anyone to have a firearm and not have it locked up.” my first thought was, of what worth is a gun for defense when seconds count and it takes you minutes to unlock what you need? I would fight tooth and nail against any type of mandatory locking up of ones weapons. Yes, it is tragic that this mother lost her life. That weapon should have been on her body and not in her purse.

  • Mike Worley

    Ok go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission and read what they say about gun locks. Basically they are a joke. They will get the gun owner killed if he needs his gun in a hurry forgetaboutit! Ok so they don’t really do much of anything and they will get you killed so what is the answer. In 1995 I started working on that to find the answer. I own a lot of guns what I want is first and foremost instant access to firearms. The other think is a lock that actually works. We have established that if a kid can see a lock he can disable it. So what we need is a lock that is internal that will give the gun owner instant access and will not hurt the gun in any way. It took me 10 years to find the answer but I did here it is http://www.safetybullet.com Now getting gun owners to use it is like talking to a brick wall. So we keep having these accidental shootings. If the mother that was shot by her two year old had this installed she would still be alive. If she were alive and needed her gun all she had to do was rack the slide, Instant access in the blink of an eye the gun would be ready to fire with lethal rounds. Instead she is dead. It drives me a little crazy knowing I have the answer that would save a lot of kids and moms from getting killed. Another thing for every one that is KILLED in an accidental shooting another 7 are shot and not killed.

    Mike Worley Inventor of the Safety Bullet and someone that gives a damn

    • rob

      I know this is after the fact but she should of had a gun with a safety on it. If it did have a safety it should have been on when a gun is around little ones.