The National Rifle Association has paid $75,000 to an Michigan man who was accidentally shot in the face by an NRA instructor at a 2009 handgun training class, says the Detroit News. The payment allowed the NRA to exit a lawsuit that victim Terry Gonser filed against the gun rights group and others. The case, set for trial this month, has raised questions about state rules governing firearm safety instructors and the NRA’s role in training gun owners.
A state legislator has created a task force to consider possible revisions to Michigan’s 2001 law regulating concealed pistol licenses. “More training, retraining and testing must be required of instructors to prevent this incident from happening in the future,” said Gonser, 65. “The state of Michigan should supervise and make certain that the instructors are properly trained and ensure that their credentials are current.” Gonser, a retired GM engineer who is running unopposed in November for Oakland Township supervisor, said he has recovered from his injuries but the shooting continues to affect him.