On May 18, 2021, an unidentified Walmart shopper carrying a concealed handgun ‘accidentally’ shot another customer with his handgun.
The injured Walmart customer was taken to hospital and treated for a ‘minor’ gunshot wound.
The precise details of how the negligent discharge occurred aren’t available but, according to police, the individual carrying the handgun was not licensed for concealed carry. One news report speculated the man reached into his pocket for something and that action caused the negligent discharge.
The man responsible for the unintended discharge of his handgun fled the scene of the crime, compounding the man’s stupidity. Police later identified the individual but chose not to release his name.
#UPDATE: @DeSotoPD has identified the individual who accidentally fired off one shot inside Wal-Mart. The gun was concealed when it fired. We have confirmed that the individual was NOT licensed to carry a handgun. Investigation continues. Charges are certainly possible. https://t.co/upS8Y0gkRn
— DeSoto, Texas Police Department (@DeSotoPD) May 18, 2021
“Gun safety is important. If you carry a gun you need to be trained,” said Cpl. Schulte.
As this negligent discharge occurred prior to the passage of House Bill 1927, the Texas Constitutional Carry legislation, this individual may still face charges and, according to FocusDailyNews.com, charges are still pending.
“As I expressed when the Bill was being laid out, and I have the utmost respect for the author of the Bill Representative Matt Schaefer (R-6), this Bill has to me some very terrifying consequences because it says you don’t need training to have a firearm,” said State Representative Carl O. Sherman (D-109).
Texas is the 21st state to pass constitutional carry legislation, which goes into effect on September 1, 2021.
With the passage of permitless carry in Texas, the License to Carry program does not go away. In fact, Texas has added additional legal protections and advantages to individuals carrying with a Texas LTC.
Whether you decide to get a Texas LTC or not, it is your responsibility to know the law and carry your gun safely. There are many different classes to choose from in order to educate yourself. Between online permitless carry classes and the online LTC class, or the multitude of available in-person classes, there is no shortage of options.