Triggersafe™ is designed to resolve a weapon problem that officers and citizens know about: Negligent Discharges. When a person with a rifle “does not have positive control” of the weapon, the chances of a negligent discharge increase. Positive control is when we have our hands on the weapon and control the safety and trigger. The chance that a piece of gear or other object can push the trigger is greatly reduced with a Triggersafe™ in place. Triggersafe™ is used in environments and at times when we don’t have full control of the weapon.
Triggersafe™ is manufactured in LaPorte, Indiana, USA. This advanced safety feature is in use by citizens around the country, police officers and SWAT Teams.
What is an Unintentional Discharge?
An unintentional discharge is when a firearm is “fired” unintentionally without someone trying to fire the gun. For example, the trigger could get caught on a piece of fabric. Certain guns could discharge when dropped a certain way. Or it could malfunction.
What is an Accidental Discharge?
In the case of a accidental discharge, someone pulled the trigger not expecting the gun to fire. This could happen, for example, if someone were cleaning the gun and thought it was empty. A child might pull the trigger, thinking it is a toy gun. It may also be considered an accidental discharge if firing results from placing the finger on the trigger when the finger should not be on the trigger, such as prior to assessing the danger of the situation or when holstering the gun.
What is a Negligent Discharge?
A negligent discharge takes place when someone has been careless to the point of being “at fault”. Many militaries, including the US Army, consider an “accidental” discharge to always be negligent because of the extensive training. Legally speaking, negligence is an act or omission (failing to do something) that you should reasonably foresee could harm another. Because of this, an accidental or unintentional discharge could be categorized as negligent if the gun owner is not abiding by basic safety rules like assuming the gun is always loaded or transporting and storing the gun inappropriately. This could result in criminal charges, jail time, probation and fines, not to mention the potential of serious injury and death.
Annual Deaths from Unintentional Discharges
According to the CDC, unintentional discharges account for over 500 deaths annualy. However, many less serious injuries may go unreported each year. They do not distinguish between unintentional and accidental for reporting purposes.
Age of Average Victim from Unintentional Discharges
More than 1/3 of those killed or injured in an accidental discharge are under 25 years. In 8% of cases, the gun was fired by a person under the age of 6. While these stats are startling, we should note that this means that 2/3 of these “accidents” involve 25+ year old adults, demonstrating that “accidents” can happen anywhere, even among those who are more experienced. This speaks to the need to take every precaution to secure the gun when it is not in the owners immediate possession or control as a basic safety measure.
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Category: Trigger Safety