Anti-Gun Sheriff Shoots Self With Accidental Discharge

Sheriff JohnstoneBest known for his stances against “shall issue” carry and for more “gun free zones”, Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone has accidentally shot himself while cleaning his firearm.

WQAD reports:

Sheriff Mike Johnstone sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand as he cleaned his personal handgun, at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2015, according to a statement from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnstone was taken to a local emergency room for treatment, and later transferred to another facility for treatment by a surgeon who specializes in hand injuries.

Iowa Firearms Coalition adds:

Of course there is a heathy dose of irony in all of this. Sheriff Johnstone has criticized the change in Iowa’s carry law from May Issue to Shall Issue. Five years ago, after Iowa Carry (the previous name of the Iowa Firearms Coalition) changed Iowa’s carry law Sheriff Johnstone spoke out several times against the new law. “It’s a recipe for disaster.” Johnstone said while advocating for more gun free zones in Des Moines County. Five years later there’s been no “Wild West shootouts” or parking lot gun battles as opponents of Shall Issue had predicted.

(H/T BuzzPo)

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  • magic1114

    That’s the way it always works. They predict numerous shootouts that NEVER materialize! Hey Sheriff, how’s the hand? Bwaaa-haaaa!

    • tinfoilhatttt

      Not at all surprising-just LOOK at the guy. Pretty obvious he would have trouble finding 2 brain cells to rub together. If he doesn’t shoot his gun why would he ever need to clean it?

    • Jeff Buehner

      In fairness, there was that one… With himself

  • NoLibZone


  • ooddballz

    Too bad he was not eyeballing the muzzle at the time.

  • MicahStone

    “Anti-Gun Sheriff Shoots Self With Accidental Discharge”
    –I bet he used one of those LibIDIOT-only guns

  • JY1

    How’s he clean the walls of the chamber with a shell in place?

  • paul

    I understand the NRA has classes in gun safety…If he can’t afford the fee, I’ll, be happy to pick up that tab…..

  • Big Al

    He is more anti-gun than ever now.

  • chuck_in_st_paul

    his wife has been complaining regularly about his accidental dishcharges

  • Mr. White Folks

    No wonder this man is terrified of firearms, he’s too simpleminded to understand even the most basic of firearm safety. Poor feller.

  • steven reynolds

    #1, there is no such thing as an accidental discharge. It’s a negligent discharge.
    Exhibit 1, his hand.
    I will never understand cleaning a loaded gun. This man should not be allowed to carry. He lacks common sense. .

  • ronguest

    Yes I agree, the sheriff shouldn’t be allowed to have or carry a gun. What about his deputies,
    are they smarter than him? If not disarm them as well.

    • Bart White

      Aawww, come on. Let him keep his gun; just take his bullets. Maybe he can have 1 bullet to carry in his shirt pocket.

      • ronguest

        Ok Bert he can have one in his front shrit pokit for later but, I won’t back up on the fact that I think he needs to have someone there to load the gun. LOL Ok?

  • VoteRepublican

    The guy is such a dork he shouldn’t be allowed to carry a gun.
    A better job for him would be at Best Buy in the computer section.

  • Aicha Wallaby

    Think about baseball to avoid that premature discharge 😉

  • chris

    There are so many states that have ccw and none of them have the wild west scenarios the anti gun people spew. For some reason, they always say the same thing, ” It’s going to be like the wild west”. The fact the Sherriff repeats such stupid lies, gives you an idea of his frame of mind. He should set the example and give up his gun.

    • Bart White

      Which part of the “wild west”? Indian wars, cow-towns, which part? The west was not as wild as it has been portrayed. Life was hard then. Perhaps, it should be called the “hard west”. Today, Chicago is wilder than the “wild west”.

      • chris

        I was using their words.

  • chris

    I wonder of it was a Glock, that requires the pressing of the trigger in order to remove the slide.
    These are the basic rules that elementary schools kids learn in hunting programs.


    There are no exceptions. Do not pretend that this is true. Some people and organizations take this rule and weaken it;e.g. “Treat all guns as if they were loaded.” Unfortunately, the “as if” compromises the directness of the statement by implying that they are unloaded, but we will treat them as though they are loaded. No good! Safety rules must be worded forcefully so that they are never treated lightly or reduced to partial compliance.All guns are always loaded – period!

    This must be your mind-set. If someone hands you a firearm and says, “Don’t worry, it’s not loaded,” you do not dare believe him. You need not be impolite, but check it yourself. Remember, there are no accidents, only negligent acts. Check it. Do not let yourself fall prey to a situation where you might feel compelled to squeal, “I didn’t know it was loaded!”


    Conspicuously and continuously violated, especially with pistols, Rule II applies whether you are involved in range practice, daily carry, or examination. If the weapon is assembled and in someone’s hands, it is capable of being discharged. A firearm holstered properly, lying on a table, or placed in a scabbard is of no danger to anyone. Only when handled is there a need for concern. This rule applies to fighting as well as to daily handling. If you are not willing to take a human life, do not cover a person with the muzzle. This rule also applies to your own person. Do not allow the muzzle to cover your extremities, e.g. using both hands to reholster the pistol. This practice is unsound, both procedurally and tactically. You may need a free hand for something important. Proper holster design should provide for one-handed holstering, so avoid holsters which collapse after withdrawing the pistol. (Note: It is dangerous to push the muzzle against the inside edge of the holster nearest the body to “open” it since this results in your pointing the pistol at your midsection.) Dry-practice in the home is a worthwhile habit and it will result in more deeply programmed reflexes. Most of the reflexes involved in the Modern Technique do not require that a shot be fired. Particular procedures for dry-firing in the home will be covered later. Let it suffice for now that you do not dry-fire using a “target” that you wish not to see destroyed. (Recall RULE I as well.)


    Rule III is violated most anytime the uneducated person handles a firearm. Whether on TV, in the theaters, or at the range, people seem fascinated with having their finger on the trigger. Never stand or walk around with your finger on the trigger. It is unprofessional, dangerous, and, perhaps most damaging to the psyche, it is klutzy looking. Never fire a shot unless the sights are superimposed on the target and you have made a conscious decision to fire. Firing an unaligned pistol in a fight gains nothing. If you believe that the defensive pistol is only an intimidation tool – not something to be used – carry blanks, or better yet, reevaluate having one around. If you are going to launch a projectile, it had best be directed purposely. Danger abounds if you allow your finger to dawdle inside the trigger guard. As soon as the sights leave the target, the trigger-finger leaves the trigger and straightens alongside the frame. Since the hand normally prefers to work as a unit – as in grasping – separating the function of the trigger-finger from the rest of the hand takes effort. The five-finger grasp is a deeply programmed reflex. Under sufficient stress, and with the finger already placed on the trigger, an unexpected movement, misstep or surprise could result in a negligent discharge. Speed cannot be gained from such a premature placement of the trigger-finger. Bringing the sights to bear on the target, whether from the holster or the Guard Position, takes more time than that required for moving the trigger finger an inch or so to the trigger.


    Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything you have not positively identified. Be aware of your surroundings, whether on the range or in a fight. Do not assume anything. Know what you are doing.


    Make these rules a part of your character. Never compromise them. Improper gunhandling results from ignorance and improper role modeling, such as handling your gun like your favorite actor does. Education can cure this. You can make a difference by following these gunhandling rules and insisting that those around you do the same. Set the example. Who knows what tragedies you, or someone you influence, may prevent?

    • Terry GodLion

      Doesn’t matter if it’s a Glock, # One, drop Mag, #2 Check Chamber, THEN press trigger if empty, and remove slide, my $$$$ says he DOESN’T have a clue HOW to disassemble his carry weapon.
      As a poster above stated, there are NO ACCIDENTAL discharges.
      Only negligent ones.
      ALL GUNS ARE LOADED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • chris

        I agree 100%. I posted the gun safety rules. These rules are taught to elementary aged kids in hunter safety courses and hey remember them. I was just curious because some morons like to use that as an excuse to call Glock’s dangerous. I have carried a 23 since 1997, no problems here.

        • Terry GodLion

          Like you understand, #1 rule ALL GUNS loaded, and KEEP finder off trigger unless you going to shoot something.
          Problem we have now is NO school kids are taught safety or use, in a RESPONSIBLE manner.
          33k gun deaths, 60+% suicides, and 81224 Homicides.
          Deduct the black on black genocide, and Hispanic/Hispanic shootings, gangs, and drug dealers and we MAY have 2000 or less actual homicides a year.

  • Terry GodLion

    How do do SHOOT yourself with an empty gun?.
    Leave it to a libturd.