Gun Safety Teacher Terry Dunlap Accidentally Shoots Student Michael Piemonte

14/08/2013 12:38 BST
HOLLISTON, MA - JANUARY 23: A student fires a semi-automatic handgun on the firing range at the end of a basic firearms safety class at Mass Firearms School, on January 23, 2013 in Holliston, Massachusetts. The class costs $100 and is required before getting a permit to have a gun in the state. Students learn about gun laws and gun safety and also get an opportunity to shoot a few different types of firearms on the indoor shooting range. Massachusetts is one of the few states that require a license just to own a gun. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)

An Ohio gun safety expert accidentally shot a student at his class in the armpit during a session on help getting a concealed weapons permit.

Terry Dunlap, was demonstrating how to fire a .38-calibre pistol when it accidentally went off, hitting 26-year-old pupil Michael Piemonte, who was attending the class with his wife.

The Fairfield County, Ohio, sheriff's office listed the Lancaster shooting as accidental, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

“My wife was sitting just inches away from me,” he said. “It could have easily hit her.”

Piemonte was treated in hospital for minor injuries but released that night.

Dunlap has not spoken publicly about the incident, despite requests for comment.

While there is no l law specifically allowing concealed carry permits, all 50 states in the US have passed laws allowing citizens to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from law enforcement.