Inventor’s training firearm helps police learn to prevent accidents

When Mike Farrell of Tempe signed up for formal firearms training some years ago, he was surprised—and a little alarmed—by how often guns were accidentally triggered.

As he progressed to advanced training, he said, things didn’t get much better. He saw elite shooters and experienced instructors accidentally discharge their weapons. Farrell discovered that it was even a problem among veteran law enforcement officers. He learned that for every 1,000 officers on the street, there’s one on-the-job accident per year.

Such accidents can have tragic consequences. Earlier this year, a rookie NYPD officer was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide and put on probation for the accidental 2014 shooting of an unarmed resident in a housing project stairwell. During the trial, prosecutors argued that the officer breached department protocol by having his finger on the trigger…

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