Volume 19, Issue 4 (October 1974)
Deaths Due to Accidental Discharge of a Dropped Handgun
Accidental deaths due to firearms are relatively uncommon. Only 2400 were recorded in the United States in 1972 . Most of these deaths were due to carelessness or misuse of firearms. A very small number were due to dropping a weapon with resultant discharge. This paper will present twelve cases of this latter type of accident that occurred in Dallas from 1969 to 1973, as well as a discussion of the type of weapon in which such an accident is possible. Seven of the twelve cases will be described in detail since each involves a different type of weapon. As the weapons involved in all twelve cases were handguns, the discussion will be limited to this class of weapon.