As illustrated by this example, when a gun goes off in a residential neighbourhood, it is treated very seriously.

Today, RGSL learned of an incident wherein Regina Police were called to a residence on College Avenue to attend to a gun call. According to the Regina Police news release:

August 29, 2016 Advisory, Firearms and Weapons related

A 28 year-old Regina male has firearms charges and an October court date as the result of an incident this afternoon in which a shotgun was accidentally discharged.

Police were dispatched, after 12:30 p.m., Monday, August 29, 2016, to a house on the 600 block of East College Avenue after a report of a weapons offence. Police learned that shotgun was discharged, from inside a residence, damaging the house and a car parked in front of the house. Because of the presence of a firearm, officers took up positions nearby, while the Communications Centre advised the caller that any occupants of the house should exit, with hands visible and empty. The only occupant of the house, a male, exited the house and was taken into custody without further incident. Police entered the house and secured the weapon. As the result of investigation, it’s alleged the male was practicing loading the shotgun when it went off. The house and vehicle showed extensive damage from the discharge of buck shot. Fortunately, no one was hurt in this incident. It is not known, at this time, if the shotgun discharge caused other property damage. Anyone who has information to add to this incident can contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500.

Twenty-eight year-old [accused], of Regina, is charged with Reckless Discharge of a Firearm [244.2(1)(b) CC] and Careless Use of a Firearm [86(1) CC]. [Accused] was released on an Undertaking to appear in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

We cite this as a reminder to Saskatchewanians to keep firearms unloaded when not in use. This includes storage and transportation. Canada has strong safe-storage laws in place.

RGSL runs Non-Restricted and Restricted gun license courses in Regina and Saskatoon. Check out the list of upcoming classes here.