A Canton man returned home to The Crossings apartment complex to learn that a bullet had pierced a kitchen cabinet in his residence and then ricocheted off a wall, a police report said.
The incident happened between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.
The man told police he returned home and noticed drywall dust in his kitchen. No one was at home when the incident happened.
Police learned that a neighbor supposedly had been cleaning his pistol when it was accidentally discharged. The gun owner’s wife said an attempt had been made to contact the neighbor while he was away from home.
The police report indicated the gun owner had been cited previously for reckless discharge of a firearm after he accidentally shot himself in the leg, the police report said.
So, two negligent firearm discharges, eh? At what point do we decide you’re a public safety hazard and take your guns away? The DUI/OWI laws in Michigan are pretty strict: first offense and your license is suspended for six months; second offense and it’s a minimum of one year. That doesn’t include the mandatory jail time and fines. Why don’t we have similar penalties for gun negligence? We shouldn’t rely on the luck of not being home at the time when the neighborhood klutz can’t even clean his gun responsibly.