The first rule of cleaning your firearm is to make sure the firearm is not loaded.
The second rule of cleaning your firearm is to make sure the firearm is not loaded.
Former MLB player Jose Canseco has apparently shot himself in the hand while cleaning his gun at his Las Vegas home. According to ESPN, Canseco told police that he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it went off, and that he was unaware that it was loaded.
According to TMZ Sports, Canseco is currently undergoing surgery to try and save the finger that has apparently been shot off.
Leila tells us 50-year-old Canseco is in surgery right now as doctors desperately try to save what’s left of the finger. She says the bullet tore through the bottom part of the finger and doctors have already said he’ll never have full use of it again … even under the best of circumstances.
In all seriousness, you should always be aware of your firearm’s condition, and always follow The 4 Rules of Gun Safety without exception. When cleaning your firearm, you should never have ammunition in the same room, as a general rule. It diminishes the chances of something going wrong, like we see in this case.
Canseco can now be listed as an irresponsible gun owner. Nice going.