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Hi everyone I would like to draft a memo regarding our Security Guards accidental firing of their firearms. a prompt response on our request will be highly appreciated. Thanks Amour
Dear Amour,

Accidental firing could harm the individual or someone else. Therefore, while handling firearms, security personnel should be utmost careful. Safety cap of the trigger should be kept off at all the times. It should be kept on only when the guard senses some trouble.

Safety handling of the firearms is taught in the firearm training. But then the question is did the security take the firearm training? If yes, for how many hours? Training apart, was he given firing practice as well? If yes, how many rounds did he fire? What is frequency of the repeat training?

Defence personnel or paramilitary personnel have fired their guns accidentally. But then they were given training in a very organised manner. Past records are easily accessible about each person. Taking action against a person who has been well-trained is one thing and issuing show cause or warning to a guard who was not trained is another.

Just because someone starts carrying rifle on his shoulder does not make him security guard. If the security guard is employed without proper check of firing records then who is responsible? Security guard or the person who employed it?

Accidental firing apart, the objective of deployment of security guard with arms is security of the property and personnel. What if the security fails to live it to your expectation in case if some real trouble erupts?

Therefore, I recommend you conducting the proper domestic enquiry of the incident and investigate the matter thoroughly. By issuing the warning to the erring security guard, am I addressing the issue superficially? Ask this question to yourself and take this incident as wake up call to overhaul your security.


Dinesh Divekar

Bangalore - 560092

Accidental firings have resulted in deaths,injuries to onlooker,guard themselves.
it is all a lack of proper training and casual attitude towards safety.
many guard hold weapons but do not know how to handle them.
Range firing is mandatory like in the armed forces for people to be comfortable with weapons.
If the society or organisation requires an armed guard,ensure that the training records be checked first then only employ them.
An untrained guard with a weapon is more dangerous to the owner than to any intruder who may attack.
It is equally essential while selecting a guard agency check police permissions and also when armed guard is being hired,a certificate of good health of the guard.

I may add, First of all check and confirm whether the
i) Security guard possesses valid, authorised licence to handle such fire arms, the type of which is entrusted to him
ii) whether the office had obtained valid licence to secure and store such fire arms, ammunition, such qty. There is some prescribed stipulations for servicing by authorised firm/personnel, check whether you follow such stipulations. iii) check whether all the "ammunition expired for further use" has been removed from the possession of security personnel surrendered/destroyed under proper supervision.
iv) Also check guidelines provided under the Fire Arms act for strict adherence.
It also shall be ensured that while cleaning/checking up the fire arm rounds shall not be in loaded condition. As already rightly pointed out by Mr.Dinesh if the guards were given adequate training in handling the type of fire arms there is hardly any room for complacency. For further guidelines it may be helpful if you discuss various issues with your Dist.Rifle Association who routinely conduct training sessions.

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