Somebody broke one of the major rules of firearm safety: know what is beyond your target. Law enforcement is reminding hunters to look beyond what they are shooting after retrieving this slug round from a wall inside of a Minnesota home.

The Stevens County Sheriff's Office responded to a call from people who said a bullet had shot through their house. Investigators determined the projectile traveled through the front of the house, passed through two hallways, and ended up in a cabinet.

The round trajectory was at chest or head height. They are very lucky nobody was in the way, and so is whoever fired the gun. The Sheriff's office hasn't said anything more about what caliber the projectile was. It was a shotgun slug, which would coincide with local hunters restricted firearms for that section of the State. Stevens County is located in West Central Minnesota.

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Rifles are allowed to be used hunting in Northern Minnesota. Rifles are preferred by most hunters as the bullet travels further and arguably more accurately. Shotguns are permitted in the bottom half of the state because they fire slug rounds for deer hunting. In denser populated and less wooded areas the slugs are a safer option. Those rounds don't travel as far. However, this slug did travel far enough to clear several walls in the house. My guess would be the shooter was close enough that they should have noticed a house was beyond it's target.

Whoever shot this weapon knew better. If someone was born after December 31, 1979 they need to be certified and have their firearm safety certificate, where they would learn this as one of the first rules of firearms safety. It's right up there with always treat a gun as if it's loaded, and never point it at anything you don't intend to destroy.

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