Police: Man Charged With Weapons Possession After Accidentally Shooting Family Member

The information was provided by New York State Police and does not indicate a conviction.

State troopers in Southeast arrested a Florida man after he accidentally shot a family member in the elbow, police said.

Joseph Giardina, 69, of Naples, FL, came to Southeast to visit family and brought with him a recently purchased handgun that was not registered in New York State.

Giardina was showing the new handgun to a female family member when it discharged. The woman was taken via ambulance to Danbury Hospital for medical attention.

Giardina was arraigned before Patterson Town Justice Anthony R. Molé and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He was released without bail pending a return to Southeast Town Court in January.

Ashley Tarr December 22, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Officials say the injuries were not life-threatening.
Scott Petricig December 24, 2012 at 01:24 AM
If you can't safely handle a gun (or follow the laws and regulations that go along with it), you shouldn't be allowed to own one... too bad this guy didn't shoot himself instead of an innocent relative.
Pat December 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM
No bail...that almost like a speeding ticket...why does he need a gun?
Marcos Mess December 25, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Simple. His license should be taken away, reported to Fl. and he should be facing serious charges maybe 10-20 years in jail for being an ashhole and Thank God every day that he didn't kill any one with his stupidity.


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