PennLaw, LLC

Criminal Defense Representation In State And Federal Courts

Free Initial Consultation
Butler: 724-602-4583
Pittsburgh: 412-342-8000
Review Us

Father won't be charged in accidental shooting of son

No weapons charges will be filed against a western Pennsylvania man whose son was killed in a gun accident in December, the Mercer County District Attorney said on Jan. 16. The chief prosecutor concluded that the father did not knowingly violate state weapons laws when a handgun he was trying to sell went off unexpectedly, fatally wounding his 7-year-old son.

The accident occurred after the father and son went to a gun store to try to sell two guns, including a 9mm handgun. The father did not have a license to carry a concealed weapon, which Pennsylvania law requires to carry a loaded gun in a vehicle. Because of this, the father unloaded the gun's magazine before driving it to the store.

However, he did not realize that a bullet was still in the chamber. The father could not sell the gun so he and his son returned to his pickup truck. As the son buckled himself into his child safety seat, the father placed the gun on the console, where it suddenly fired, hitting and killing the son.

Though the gun was not unloaded as the father thought, the prosecutor said that he did not violate the concealed weapon law because he "had a mistaken but good faith belief that he had properly secured and stored the firearm." The bullet in the chamber was from the last time he had fired the gun two months previously. The man kept the gun secured and separate from the magazine. He could have faced up to five years in prison if he had been charged.

Source: The Miami Herald, "DA: Pa. dad won't be charged in gun store shooting," Joe Mandak, Jan. 16, 2013

ยท Our law firm provides legal defense for people facing weapons charges. For more information, please visit our Pittsburgh weapons charges page.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Arrested? Contact Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

106 South Main Street
Suite 801
Butler, PA 16001

Phone: 412-342-8000
Fax: 724-284-9402
Butler Law Office Map

100 Ross St.
Suite 340
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 724-602-4583
Fax: 724-284-9402
Map & Directions