Gun safety instructor accidentally fires handgun during class

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The city attorney in Stillwater is considering charges against a 76-year-old Cottage Grove man who was teaching a gun safety course when a handgun accidentally discharged inside a school cafeteria last Thursday evening.

The Patch reports someone participating in the class at Salem Lutheran School approached the instructor about a 1911 Colt 45 handgun that was on display in the instructor's gun case.

When asked why the firearm was partially cocked, the instructor picked up the gun and was showing the man the different types of safeties when the gun went off, leaving a hole in the wall.

The gun was pointed away from eight children and their parents. No one was injured.

According to a police report, the instructor told police he assumed the weapon was empty and was very apologetic when police arrived.

"You gentlemen can’t imagine the embarrassment I feel towards myself for what took place," the instructor said to police, according to the Patch.

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