On Friday, Smith filed a lawsuit against the store to cover his medical expenses and lost earnings - he could not go back to work following the accident after a 30-year career in law enforcement.
Smith is seeking a jury trial, lost income and punitive damages.
'While Mr. Smith was looking at the firearm, believing it to be unloaded, the gun discharged causing serious physical injury to [Smith],' the lawsuit says.
It goes on to say that Smith exercised 'reasonable care and due diligence for his own physical well-being' while handling the loaded weapon, according to the Glasgow Daily Times.I think treating a gun as always loaded even if you think it isn’t is one of the important safety tips even those who only handle virtual guns have figured out.
It beggars belief that so many so-called law enforcement professionals don’t seem to have grasped it.