Hunters told to heed gun safety rules

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A coroner is re­mind­ing re­cre­ational hunters of gun safety af­ter a Cromwell hunter died af­ter shoot­ing him­self in the stom­ach.

Garry Tall, 61, died on March 3, 2016, af­ter hunting with a friend in the Ne­vis Val­ley in Cen­tral Otago.

Tall, an ex­pe­ri­enced hunter, was with a work col­league in an area known as the Old Woman Range. He was hunting with a ri­fle that was se­cured in a gun case. Af­ter shoot­ing a deer, and mak­ing their way back to the ute, Tall’s ri­fle went off at the ve­hi­cle.

The coroner’s re­port says Tall’s ri­fle was found in a foam lined rigid plas­tic case, and it ap­peared the fab­ric sling had got folded inside the trig­ger guard with pres­sure on the trig­ger.

‘‘Mr Tall ei­ther at­tempted to clear the ri­fle and in­ad­ver­tently loaded another round in it or he didn’t clear the ri­fle and loaded it into the rigid gun case with the bar­rel to­wards him. Upon clos­ing the lid Mr Tall in­ad­ver­tently had the sling caught un­der the trig­ger guard that fired the ri­fle.’’

Coroner Brigette Wind­ley re­it­er­ated the fire arm safety rules: al­ways point the firearm in a safe di­rec­tion and store a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion safely.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Alexan­dra de­signer Deb­bie Pa­ton.

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