" WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 62-year-old man has died after accidentally shooting himself at a West Columbia shooting range. Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman said Jerry Marsh III of Columbia was taking his .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun apart around 7 p.m. Thursday at Shooter's Choice when it fired, striking him in the chest. Authorities say Marsh died a short time later at the hospital. West Columbia Police continue to investigate the shooting. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/ar...-gun-range-shooting-4080950.php#ixzz2ERRElF3N " I do not know who the person is but this shows why you must ALWAYS check to make sure a firearm is unloaded before doing any kind of work on a gun. I am known for making stupid mistakes in the past, although I make it a personal goal to never be the person one of these articles is written about, its a goal i encourage everyone should have. yet the error the gentleman made was one that easily could had been prevented by having the muzzle in a safe direction at all times, I know at almost every range I have been to has the cardinal rules of firearm handling posted somewhere, one of them is treat every gun as it is loaded and keep the muzzle in a safe direction at all times. The rules seems to have been around for awhile and they do not seem to have changed much so I'd think they are a safe to follow. There are rules in life you can break, the speed limit is one of them you can break it and usually get away with. yet unsafe handling of firearms has zero benefits and deadly results.