German Hunter’s Gun License Revoked After His Dog Shoots Him In The Arm
An interesting twist on gun control rights in Germany has happened as a German court ordered a dog owner’s license to own a rifle withdrawn after his dog shot him with the rifle.
Yes, you read that right…the dog shot his owner with a rifle, and now a German court ruled the dog owner is not ‘fit’ to carry a firearms license, nor his he allowed to have a hunting permit.
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The Munich administrative court made the ruling as they dismissed the man’s appeal of a decision made by Bavarian authorities that revoked his rifle license and his hunting permit.
That decision was based on a 2016 incident in which the man was shot in the arm. By his dog. He is an avid hunter, and on a hunting trip, his dog somehow was able to release the trigger of the man’s loaded rifle. The rifle was lying in the man’s car, and brought about lots of questions with regard to how the arm injury was sustained.
The local authorities believed the loaded rifle lying in the car was being treated carelessly to the point that a dog figured out how to shoot it (you can see a case for that!). Hence, the Bavarian courts decided to revoke his licensures, saying that they assume he will handle firearms and ammunition as carelessly in any future situations as well.
The unnamed man (with the clearly smarter-than-he-is-dog) may still appeal the decision made by the Munich court, but the odds are not in his favor that he’ll win, as German courts take rulings about gun ownership and rights seriously.
Looks like the man may be looking for a new hobby, one that doesn’t involve guns or target practice, even if inadvertent, for his dog.