Who Is Liable for an Accident at a Shooting Range?

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Sep 17, 2015 in Personal Injury News

The shooting range can be a fun place to blow off steam and have an exhilarating experience. However, there are not many more terrifying experiences than getting shot, either by accident or on purpose. A gunshot wound can create a situation where it takes years to recover if the victim survives. You will need compensation to help you get through rehabilitation and for your pain and suffering. But who is responsible for your injury?


Like any personal injury law, gun range injuries are predicated on the idea of negligence. This means someone failed to act as a normal, reasonable and responsible person would. In the case of gun range accidents this can be the shooter, the gun range itself or both.

The Shooter

The shooter is responsible for caring for their gun in a reasonable way. They must keep it pointed away from other people, keep their finger off the trigger when not shooting and ensure that it is unloaded before putting it down.

The Range

The gun range, on the other hand, is responsible for monitoring their users, having rules posted and enforced for gun safety and for making sure that those using the range are qualified and trained to do so. If a new shooter enters the range, they should be trained and educated on safety procedures.

This means that even if you accidentally shoot yourself, the gun range may be liable if they did not have clear rules posted and if they did not take the time to train you on the basics. This is especially true if you are new to shooting and the range did not go over the basics of safety with you.

You Are the Victim!

Remember, if you are injured from a shooting, you are the victim! The range and their insurance company may try to do everything they can to blame you for the accident. These tactics are designed to reduce or eliminate the amount of money they have to pay out. Never admit guilt and never sign anything before first talking to your attorney.

It is very easy to make a mistake in the moments following an accident that can harm your chances of getting adequate compensation for your damages. If you are asked any questions, asked to admit guilt or pressured in any way, simply answer that you will speak with your lawyer.

Qualified Attorneys

It is vital, in these situations, to secure the services of a qualified Nevada personal injury attorney to handle your case. Your lawyer knows how personal injury law works and they know how to get past the red tape and intimidation. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, future opportunities and more, depending on the severity of your injury. Remember, having a lawyer at your side is not just a good idea -- it's your right.

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