I've written before about the need to use a pocket holster if you decide to carry a gun in your pocket. It's too easy for something to get caught up in the trigger guard and fire the gun when you don't want that to happen.
Now that lesson has been tragically reinforced, yet again.
Troy Earl Smith was found with a gunshot wound to the chest at 1pm on Thursday in the coastal city of St Petersburg.
The 25-year-old was pronounced dead later in hospital.
Detectives believe a handgun in his jacket pocket discharged as he rode his bike.
There's more at the link.
Folks, the rules are simple.
- If you carry a gun in your pocket, use a pocket holster that covers the trigger guard. ALWAYS.
- Remove everything else from that pocket, so that even if the gun slips out of the holster, partially or fully, there's nothing else in there that can get into the trigger guard.
- Don't fiddle with the gun, even by putting your hand into that pocket for other reasons. Leave it severely alone unless and until you need it.