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Police: Lawrence man shoots through neighboring apartment while clearing gun

An 18-year-old Lawrence man could face municipal charges of unlawfully discharging a firearm after he admitted that his gun discharged while he was clearing it and the bullet went through a neighbor's apartment.

Lawrence police reported that officers were dispatched to an apartment building in the 2500 block of West 31st Street around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a report of suspicious activity involving weapons.

The victim reported hearing a loud bang around 4 a.m. After waking up, the victim discovered a bullet hole in the apartment. Police contacted the neighbor, who admitted to unintentionally discharging the firearm while clearing it. "Clearing" a gun means to make sure it's not loaded and is not a safety hazard.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Police spokesman Derrick Smith said in an email that the case has been forwarded to municipal court for possible charges, but he did not release the name of the suspect because no charges have yet been filed.

Police did not indicate that an arrest had been made, and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office did not list anyone being booked into the county jail on a charge of illegally discharging a firearm.

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Dorothy Hoyt-Reed

If he had been required to have extensive training, he would know how to clear a gun, without it discharging. I glad no one was hurt, but I'll bet he doesn't get his lease renewed and his deposit back.

3 weeks ago

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Brock Masters

How would he be required even if a law was in place? He isn’t allowed to legally own a handgun.

He needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and if possible prohibited from legally possessing firearms.

3 weeks ago

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Joshua Cain

"If he had been required to have extensive training"....Whatever. "Extensive training" ? Ask a black man walking on a street at night how extensive training is deployed. Extensive training isn't the significant tool you think it is. We don't require training for voting.....or freedom of speech....or unreasonable search and seizure. The 2nd is no different. The US makes sacrifices every day in the sake of civil liberties. Gun ownership is no different even IF a SMALL fraction of owners mistakenly discharge a weapon.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Gary Pomeroy

With all due respect,who cleans a gun without making sure it is not loaded? It is more than education, it is basic common sense.

3 weeks ago

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Aaron McGrogor

"...unintentionally discharging the firearm while clearing it."
He was clearing it, not cleaning it.

3 weeks ago

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Gary Stussie

Aaron, You're sending but he is not receiving!

Gary, see "Clearing a handgun" video on YouTube. That's CLEARING not CLEANING.

3 weeks ago

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Gary Pomeroy

With all due respect,who cleans a gun without making sure it is not loaded? It is more than education, it is basic common sense. If you cannot figure that out,then perhaps you should not own a firearm

3 weeks ago

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Brock Masters

With all due respect, posting your erroneous statement twice doesn’t make it right. Maybe use capital letters next?

3 weeks ago

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Gary Pomeroy

JUST TO MAKE YOU HAPPY . . . .

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Brock Masters

Thank you and happy News Years

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

Obviously another poster-boy for why training should be required before anyone has access to a firearm. 18 and his parents think it's OK for him to possess a firearm. What were they thinking?

3 weeks ago

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Bob Summers

Pulling the trigger to clear your firearm is one way to do it.

3 weeks ago

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David Hann

You pull back and lock the chamber open, then put your little finger in the chamber. Basic Marine Corps training. Pulling the trigger to see if a weapon is loaded is just plain stupid.

3 weeks ago

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Louis Kannen

Perhaps The Blue Collar Comedy Tour's Ron White expresses it best, "...you can't fix stupid"

3 weeks ago

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Alfred Clay

Are you talking about the kid "clearing" his gun or Gary?

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Bob Smith

In other news, tens of millions of Americans who own firearms managed to not have a negligent discharge yesterday.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Greg Cooper

In OTHER news, millions of drivers did not have a drunken accident. And hundreds of others did and many will die. Has as much to do with this story as your comment. Have a great new year.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

In other news, young woman most likely accidentally shot to death in an apartment complex near Holcomb Park yesterday.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Clara Westphal

A loud bang at 4.a.m. and it was not reported until 8:10. It took four hours for someone to decide there was something wrong? Why would anyone be clearing a gun at 4 a.m.? Was he going hunting?

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Hudson Luce

Sounds a bit odd, all he had to do to clear it was to point it in a safe direction, hold it with his finger on the trigger guard, drop the magazine, then rack the slide, which extracts the chambered round. Takes about two seconds. Generally, it's not safe to walk around with a pistol with a chambered round, anyway. I'd suggest the NRA Basic Pistol course for him. The rule of thumb is to assume that all firearms have chambered rounds until cleared, btw.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Brock Masters

If he was trying to clear then he knew it was loaded. And really, in an apartment where is a safe direction?

I’d suggest, in lieu of a NRA course, jail time and to never be able to legally possess a firearm.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Greg Cooper

^^^For the win.^^^

2 weeks, 6 days ago

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Rick Masters

You hear that, Brock? You won the LJW Comments Section. Yay.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

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