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Man accidentally kills himself while teaching girlfriend about gun safety

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A Missouri man who wanted to teach his girlfriend how to safely handle guns accidentally shot himself in the head during the lesson.

The incident occurred last Friday in a residence in Imperial—about 20 miles south of St. Louis. According to witnesses, James Looney was insistent on giving his girlfriend a tutorial in firearm safety before taking her to a shooting range, the Riverfront Times reported.

The 40-year-old put two guns to his head and pulled the triggers to show his girlfriend they would not fire with the safety catch in place. The safety mechanisms worked for the first two pistols but the third weapon fired.

Looney was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next morning.

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