NRA employee accidentally shoots himself at firearms museum

A National Rifle Association (NRA) museum employee accidentally shot himself on Friday, police said.

According to NBC Washington, the shooting happened at the National Firearms Museum, a site run by the National Rifle Association out of its headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. According to USA Today, the unidentified 46-year-old man suffered a wound to the lower body during firearms training at the group’s range.

Police, who didn’t release the staffer’s identity, said the man accidentally shot himself when his pistol unexpectedly fired as he was holstering it.

The man was taken to a hospital and treated for the minor injury. WRC-TV reported that police said no charges are expected to be filed.

The lobbying group operates and owns three museums. The New York Daily News pointed out that the Fairfax location is home to 3,000 guns—including the .44  Magnum used by Clint Eastwood in “Dirty Harry.”

Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time an accidentally shooting has impacted the NRA.

In April 2014, a New Jersey man participating in a Steel City Gun Club program reportedly shot himself in the leg. Lehigh Valley Live reported the man was on the gun range taking part in the NRA-sanctioned event at the time. Authorities said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

In February 2010, a Florida gun instructor’s weapon went off and shot a student in the foot. Police said the shooting occurred during an NRA class to receive certification to carry a concealed weapon, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The unlucky pupil, identified as Robert Frauman Jr., 50, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.


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