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Court rules man unfit to own guns after being shot by his dog

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A German court determined that the man couldn't be trusted to be responsible with firearms

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A German court has ruled a man unfit to possess a firearms license after he was shot by his dog, the Independent reported.

On Tuesday, the Munich administrative court dismissed the man's appeal to reverse an earlier decision by Bavarian authorities to revoke his license to own a rifle, along with his hunting permit.

The decision stems from an accident in 2016 between the man, whose name has not been released, and his dog. The dog's breed is also unknown.

How did the dog shoot the man?

It's not exactly clear how the incident occurred, but the man's dog managed to release the trigger of a loaded rifle that was inside the man's car, the outlet reported.

The bullet fired and struck the man in the arm.

The court determined that the man, who's reportedly a "passionate hunter," could not be trusted to properly handle firearms, "because it must be assumed that he will handle firearms and ammunition carelessly in the future as well," according to the Independent.

The man can appeal the German court's decision.

Has anything like this ever happened before?

In November, Sonny Gilligan of New Mexico was getting ready to take his dogs jackrabbit hunting when he was accidentally shot, WTOP-FM reported. The man's dogs and shotgun were loaded into his pickup, and he sat down in the driver's seat to head out to the desert. Moments later, he was shot.

"I thought who was that?" Gilligan told WTOP. "I was there, isolated, nobody was around."

As it turned out, his dog, Charlie, a120-pound Rottweiler mix, had gotten his paw caught in the trigger and accidentally fired the gun.

Gilligan rolled out of the truck, and called 911. He was taken to a local hospital. He suffered a punctured lung, three broken ribs and a broken scapula.

"It's an interesting story, 'a dog shot a man," he told WTOP.

The 74-year-old said he has forgiven his dog.

"Charlie didn't mean to do it," Gilligan added. "He's a good dog."

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