What Happens When You Pull The Trigger? The Police Come!

As a USCCA Certified Instructor, I get lots of cool things that I am to use to teach shooting students about firearms. One of the items is a very nice poster depicting what happens when you pull the trigger. First off, I prefer the term “trigger press.” But let’s stick with this idea of what happens when you pull the trigger. The poster lists five things, like the release of the firing pin, the launch of the bullet, extraction and ejection, and finally reloading of the chamber.

“Is that all?” you may ask.

“No!” says I.

There is one more thing that happens when you pull the trigger. The police come! Well, it could be members of the Sheriff’s Department or the State Patrol or some other organization with the power to arrest, but know this: someone will be investigating the discharge of your firearm!



I recently got into an argument with a Wisconsin State Representative. She supports what is called “Constitutional Carry”—that is, allowing honest citizens to carry a firearm without a permit. She approached me after I had given a speech about the importance of firearms training and understanding the laws that govern self-defense in your state. She clearly stated her position and pointed out where she thought I was wrong in advocating intensive firearms training for self-defense.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love the idea of Constitutional Carry. I hate that I have to prove to the state that I am innocent in order to legally carry a gun. I further hate the tax I must pay to the state in order to exercise my right to carry a gun. But even if you hate the idea of getting a permit, or even if your state does not require that you obtain a permit, YOU SHOULD STILL GET DEFENSIVE FIREARMS TRAINING!

The reason for this is simple. When you pull the trigger, the police come. Let us say, for instance, that you took a minimal CCW class that gave you four hours of training. You can bet that the authorities will conduct an investigation into your actions that lasts longer than four hours. You can bet the investigator and the prosecuting attorneys have more than four hours of training into the subtle nuances of the law. And you can bet they are looking for every detail for a way to put you in jail.

The sad truth about prosecuting attorneys is that in most cases they don’t want the truth. They don’t even want justice. They want to win. No District Attorney will waste time prosecuting a case she thinks she can’t win.

Your training helps to ensure that you build a solid case for self-defense as you engage with your attacker. Your training teaches you to be a good witness to events and to be able to articulate what you did and why you did it in accordance with the law. Your training will help keep you out of jail.

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