How dangerous are pellet guns? Was a Sac State death unusual? – Modesto Bee

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Sacramento State president speaks about student killed in pellet gun shooting Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen and friends of student William Molina, who died from a pellet gun shooting early Friday, gathered at the campuses' library quad to mourn over the loss of the 21-year-old's life on Sunday, April 14. By × Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen and friends of student William Molina, who died from a pellet gun shooting early Friday, gathered at the campuses' library quad to mourn over the loss of the 21-year-old's life on Sunday, April 14. ByAt a party at his fraternity house early Friday, Sacramento State student William Molina, 21, was shot by a pellet gun and died. According to police radio communications, a friend accidentally shot him. Investigators continue to investigate the incident, said officer Marcus Basquez, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department. No arrests have been made. Deaths caused by pellet gun injuries are rare, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. .


The agency reports about four deaths per year caused by BB guns or pellet guns, saying airguns that fire pellets at muzzle velocities higher that 350 feet per second can be lethal. Unlike firearms, which use a primer and gun powder to fire a bullet, pellet guns use air to propel small, metallic pellets. Pellet guns are typically used for target practice or hunting small animals such as rodents and birds, said Andrew Ponis, owner of Laguna Shooting and Accessories and Laguna Shooting Center. Pellet guns also differ from airsoft guns in that they exclusively fire metal projectiles, while airsoft guns are loaded with plastic BBs. Ponis said pellet guns are usually pumped or use carbon dioxide cartridges to fire pellets, and can injure someone if struck by a pellet, but don’t often kill. “I’ve never ever heard of it, ” he said. “That’s an unfortunate, freak accident. That’s just not likely.” Statewide, the number of emergency room visits related to the accidental discharge of an airgun jumped by 14 percent in 2017. .

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