Sheriff Who Opposed Carry Expansion Shoots Self


Sheriff Who Opposed Carry Expansion Shoots Self

Des Moines County, Iowa – When a sheriff shoots himself in the hand “while cleaning his gun,” you have to wonder. You know, things like, “How did he get that job? Why was he ‘cleaning’ a loaded firearm? Is his failure to safely handle firearms the reason he doesn’t trust others to carry guns?”

Yeah, it’s true – reportedly.

Sheriff Mike Johnstone sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand as he cleaned his personal handgun, at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2015, according to a statement from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnstone was taken to a local emergency room for treatment, and later transferred to another facility for treatment by a surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.

Johnstone’s injury was not life-threatening, the statement said.

Could this be called poetic justice? After all, this is the sheriff who said five years ago that reducing the number of gun free zones was “a recipe for disaster.” Apparently, he doesn’t trust his fellow Iowans to tote guns in many public areas–even those who have never shot themselves.

I’m not going to crow too much about this. No one is immune to accidents, but when your job involves carrying a gun, you have a responsibility to handle it safely. Especially if you act as if you’re somehow better than everyone else.

Perhaps Mr. Johnstone should mull that over while he’s renewing Iowans’ carry permits–and while considering that his predictions of courtroom shootouts simply haven’t come true.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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