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Yes, Rule 4 Violations Can Land You In Prison

Sorry for the sequential 4 rules posts, but this just in from Vermont:

“The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a hunter who shoots and injures someone because he or she didn’t properly identify the target can face an aggravated assault charge.

In a case arising out of Lamoille County, the court upheld the aggravated assault conviction of Eric Patch, who was out partridge hunting in November of 2006 when he saw movement in a tree, fired his 12-gauge shotgun and hit a deer hunter.”

This is as it should be.  When a person discharges a firearm, they are responsible for its projectiles until they come to rest.  Rule 4: Know your target and what is beyond it.  Don’t shoot at noises, shadows, or a confirmed target against an unknown backdrop.

Posted in Guns.


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