An Indiana man landed in the hospital and was arrested after violating the most common-sense rule ever: never carry a loaded gun at the front of the waistband of your pants!
It’s not hard to imagine how things went wrong: The gun went off and the man shot himself in the last place where any man would want to be shot. If that wasn’t bad enough, Mark Anthony Jones was charged with carrying an unlicensed firearm.
It all began one morning in February when the 46-year-old man was taking a leisurely stroll along a Marion walkway. The 9mm handgun he was carrying in his waistband began to slip and when he reached down to adjust the firearm it discharged, according to the Marion Police Department.
Jones was rushed to hospital, where he had to confess to police that the weapon he had been carrying in public was unlicensed. According to The Smoking Gun (aptly named website for this story!), Jones was facing a Class-A misdemeanor weapons charge stemming from the incident and the Grant County Prosecutor’s Office made the decision to charge him earlier this month after reviewing the case.
Indiana is known to have somewhat less restrictive gun laws than other states. However, there are still regulations in place and that includes requiring a license to carry a handgun in public, the Indianapolis Star noted.
According to the report, a license is not needed to carry a handgun on property you own, lease. or rent.
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