His Dog Shot Him. Now, Consequences From the Court

For him and his firearms license, not the dog
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2019 12:34 PM CST

(Newser) – A German court has ruled that a dog owner isn't fit to carry a firearms license after his dog shot him with a rifle. The Munich administrative court dismissed the man's appeal against an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to withdraw his license to own a rifle, as well as his hunting permit, the AP reports. The decision followed a 2016 incident in which the man, a passionate hunter, was shot in the arm after his dog managed to release the trigger on a loaded rifle that was lying in his car. The court ruled the hunter couldn't be relied upon "because it must be assumed that he will handle firearms and ammunition carelessly in [the] future as well." The man, whose name wasn't released, can appeal the verdict. (Sonny "Tex" Gilligan can relate; his "good dog" shot him, too.)

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