There are more guns in the U.S. than people. Gun injuries are the second-leading cause of death among American children and teens and the leading cause of death among high-school students.
Gun owners must handle and maintain their guns responsibly and ensure that others cannot access their firearms, especially children.
A gun accident due to negligence occurs when a gun owner or shooter fails to exercise reasonable care and precaution when handling a gun due to a lack of training, being impaired, or any other reason, thereby endangering the safety of others.
Common Causes of Gun-related Accidents
Guns do not injure people. People do.
Some significant factors that contribute to gunshot accidents are:
Negligent Handling And Improper Training
Anyone handling a loaded weapon without adequate training for handling or discharging a firearm has a high chance of causing injury to oneself or others.
Proper training to handle guns and firearms ensures the safety of the shooter and those around them.
When gun owners allow incompetent, inexperienced, dangerous, or reckless individuals to access their guns or firearms, there is every chance of an injury occurring due to a gun accident.
Negligent Storage Of A Gun
Gunshot injuries can occur when guns are stored in a way that is likely to be accessed quickly and misused.
One out of three homes in the country with kids has guns. Most parents don’t think their children know where their weapons are stored, but when researchers asked children directly, forty percent (40%) of the children could correctly identify the location of a firearm in their house.
When parents fail to store guns with the utmost care, away from the reach of children, accidents happen.
Improper Gun Range Management
A poorly managed and maintained range is more likely to experience gun-related accidents. Gun ranges can be chaotic and crowded places where numerous people shoot simultaneously.
Reckless Handling of a Gun
Posing with a gun, aiming at people or objects, and firing shots in the air can result in accidental injuries or even death.
Impairment Due to The Use Of Alcohol or Drugs
The use of alcohol and drugs is the leading cause of accidental gunshot injuries. Anyone who is intoxicated or impaired should never have access to firearms.
Accidental gun deaths account for 1% of total gun-related deaths.
An accidental discharge can occur while cleaning, transporting, or even carrying a gun. If a gun is defective, there is a chance of it being accidentally discharged.
Design Or Manufacturing Defects
Sometimes a gun owner might utilize all the necessary precautions while handling a firearm, but a defect in the design, manufacture, or construction of the gun can cause injuries.
Defective guns, gun accessories, and safety equipment are to blame for yearly gunshot accident injuries. In such cases, the defective product manufacturer can be liable for damages.
Gun Laws In Nevada
On October 1, 2017, sixty people were killed when a gunman opened fire during a Jason Aldean performance from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel. It was the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Since then, Nevada State has significantly strengthened its gun safety laws.
Nevada is a state that guarantees its citizens the right to own firearms for lawful purposes.
One must follow gun laws and rules when buying guns in Nevada. Nevada law does not expressly prohibit the open carry of handguns. A concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit is required. To learn more about licenses for CCW, click on the link below:
Nevada state law does not require a license to own shotguns or rifles, but you do need a license to own handguns. This means you can buy rifles and shotguns in Nevada without any license. However, unlike the rest of Nevada, Clark County, in which Las Vegas is located, requires a handgun license.
Nevada state law also mandates a background check for owning a gun. Licensed dealers are authorized to conduct a thorough background check to ensure they do not sell firearms to unauthorized persons.
The individuals who may not purchase or possess firearms in Nevada include convicted felons, fugitives, individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors, individuals subject to a domestic violence protective order, individuals addicted to illegal drugs, individuals with documented mental health problems that pose a danger to themselves or others, individuals convicted of violent crimes, individuals convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year, non-immigrant visa holders, and individuals who gave up U.S. citizenship.
Once a dealer has confirmed that you are eligible for gun ownership in Nevada, you can buy a firearm.
Pacific West Injury Law – Exceptional Service, Support, And Advocacy For Survivors Of Gun-related Accidents
Those who survive a gunshot accident or shooting are left with medical costs and emotional trauma that can haunt them for years.
At Pacific West Injury Law, we investigate all potential sources of recovering compensation. An experienced Las Vegas gun accident lawyer at our personal injury law firm will conduct an in-depth investigation to determine all potentially liable parties. In cases with multiple potentially responsible parties, each party may offer a separate recovery channel.
Our qualified and experienced personal injury lawyers possess extensive knowledge of Federal and Nevada gun laws. Our firm has access to quality ballistic experts, crime scene investigators, and complex accident reconstruction specialists.
Contact A Las Vegas Gun Accident Lawyer
If you or your loved one has been injured due to careless gun or firearm use, you deserve to be duly compensated for the injuries and other damages. We represent Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas victims who have had their lives tragically impacted by a gun accident.
Call an experienced Las Vegas gun accident lawyer at our firm for a free and confidential case evaluation immediately.