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    Dog Shoots Man In The Thigh

    Citizens of the state of Texas have the right to carry firearms openly. Even with this right to defend ourselves on the spot, nothing replaces practicing good gun safety habits to prevent an unfortunate accident.

    One Plano man found this out the hard way earlier this week when his dog shot him. The Dallas Morning News reports that an unidentified Plano man had his handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants when he picked up his dog.  The dog’s paw became lodged in the trigger, causing the weapon to fire and shoot the man in his thigh.  The man is recovering in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    “Fortunately, it was just a through and through shot — it didn’t hit a main artery or anything,” Plano Police officer told the Dallas Morning News in a phone interview. “He took himself to the hospital, and he’s fine.”

    Plano Police did not miss the opportunity to remind the public about the importance of gun safety.  In a post on the Plano Police Department’s Facebook Page, the law enforcement agency wrote:

    • When carrying your firearm, make sure that you have a holster that protects the trigger from inadvertent discharge.
    • When not in use, store your gun in a gun safe or some other locking device.
    • Always assume your weapon is loaded.
    • Keep your finger off the trigger until the weapon is ready to be fired.
    • Practice, practice, practice. Know your weapon, how and when to use it. 
    • Be a smart and responsible gun owner.

    Some fellow Texas gun owners commented on the post, either chastising the unnamed man for “being an idiot” while others offered their services to train him in how to carry and use a firearm safely.

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