14/08/2013 08:38 BST

Gun Safety Teacher Terry Dunlap Accidentally Shoots Student Michael Piemonte

A student fires a semi-automatic handgun on the firing range at the end of a basic firearms safety class (file photo)

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.