Titusville woman opening gun given as gift accidentally shot, police say

She didn't realize the .22 caliber was loaded, according to dispatch

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TITUSVILLE, Fla. – A Titusville woman accidentally shot herself in the leg Tuesday after receiving a loaded handgun as a gift from her husband, according to police dispatch.

The woman was opening the gift and did not realize the .22 caliber handgun was loaded and accidentally shot herself in the thigh, according to dispatch records.

“She is getting dizzy,” a dispatcher said. “She is falling out.”

The woman was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center for an arterial wound, according to reports.

News 6 partner Florida Today reports she was hospitalized with a serious injury.

Titusville police are investigating the incident.

In Florida, no state permit is required to purchase a handgun, and someone can give a gun as a present.

Some states require a firearm transfer to go through a licensed retailer.

Florida requires handgun owners to take a safety course to obtain a concealed carry license that can be purchased for around $100.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recommends giving someone a gift card to a gun store so they get the exact gun they want and there is no question of who the gun purchaser is.

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