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  • Posted on March 6th, 2013 Becky 4 comments


    By Courtney Wolff 

          [Editor’s note:  Guest reporter Courtney Wolff is a sophomore at ManheimTownship and because of the snow day, went to court instead of school.]  

          State Trooper Todd Neumyer testified today that he performed an analysis on August 15, 2011 on the gun Matthew Becker used to shoot Allison Walsh at their home.
         Neumyer testified that he has dealt with firearm’s forensics for more than 18 years and is an expert witness. Trooper Neumyer explained that the magazine of a GSG 1911 pistol should only be able to hold 10 cartridges, although an 11th could be slipped in.
         Neumyer reviewed the three golden rules for gun safety: First, always point the gun in a safe direction; secondly, keep all fingers off the trigger until you intend to fire; lastly, keep the gun unloaded until you intend to use it. Defense attorney Dennis Charles didn’t quite seem to comprehend rule one (see this morning’s story).
         Later Neumyer testified that in his career he has never had an accident with any gun. His streak ended today in court while giving a trigger setting demonstration. Neumyer said he, “applied too much pressure.” If the chamber of the gun would have been loaded, Neumyer’s actions would of caused the gun to accidentily go off.
         This was caught in the cross examination by the defense. Defense Attorney Charles then questioned Neumyer about the safety precautions of the GSG 1911. He said some of the safety features and how they could be manipulated are not mentioned in the instruction manual. Charles said, “Someone who is not familiar with the gun could cause an unintentional discharge.” 
         Neumyer couldn’t offer a statement about an individual’s personal ability to handle a gun. Fetterman re-cross examined Neumeyer asking, “Have you ever pointed at a man located six feet away from you?” Neumyer replied “No.”
         He was then questioned by Fetterman why as Neumeyer knew the gun was safe. Neumyer replied its common sense, “You point the gun anywhere but where someone is.”
         Defense Attorney Charles then argued that any gun is subject to an accidental discharge at the hands of a negligent operator.


    4 responses to “”

    1. Neumyer said a golden rule is to never load a gun unless you are prepared to use it.

      “That has been applied throughout my entire life and I’ve yet to have an accident, even though I handle firearms every single day,” he said.

      LOL! 😛

    2. Hmm….

      I’ve been an avis shooter and gun collector for almost 50 years. I’ve never heard of the 3 Golden Rules.

      There are however, the 4 rules of gun safety made famous by Col. Jeff Cooper, the father of modern combat handgunning. They are considered to be the standard for Police, Military, and Civilian shooters worldwide.

      1 Every gun is loaded.
      2 Never point a gun at something that you do not wish to destroy
      3 Do not touch the trigger until ready to fire
      4 Be sure of your target and what lies beyond it.

      I’ve never heard the one about not loading a gun until you are prepared to use it. Methinks that most of the police officers out there would have a problem with that one. An unloaded gun is little more than a paperweight at best and a club at least.

      I think Mr Neumyer needs to go back to “Expert School”.

    3. Courtney,I think your english teacher should rethink his position about lip.Anyone who only has the columbia examiner running for 6 months should be talking notes from Becky Wow…that was in 2009.Ck back later today…next week, month or yr.

    4. What is ironic is that Mr. Neumyer disproved his entire testimony by his own mistake.