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Nebraska Man Nearly Shoots Finger Off While Sleeping With New Gun

His wife and children were sleeping in their bedrooms while he checked out his new gun on the living room couch.

By Gina Tron

Gun safety 101: Do not sleep while holding your handgun, even if it is new.

Last week, a 30-year-old man from Omaha, Nebraska fell asleep while holding his brand new handgun. The end result: he practically shot off his left pinky finger.

In an incident report obtained by Oxygen.com, the man told police that he was sitting on his living room couch ogling his new purchase, a 9 mm pistol, when "must have fallen asleep." He was holding his gun in his right hand when he passed out.  The man told police he was "just checking out the gun” which he recently bought at a sporting goods store.

Around 4:30 a.m., "he was awoken by a bang he had shot his left pinky finger." His wife and children were asleep in their bedrooms. His wife drove him to a nearby hospital. Doctors told police that he will require surgery to repair the damage to his pinky.

Police cited the injured man on suspicion of being in possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

The shooting came the same week as The March For Our Lives protests, a national effort to protest gun violence and to change policies on gun control. The protests come a little over a month after the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida. Organizers estimate that over 800,000 marched in Washington D.C. alone, USA Today reported.

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