A man in Florida was rushed to the hospital in the Jacksonville area on Friday after suffering an accidental gunshot wound to the penis, Tampa Bay television station WFTS reported.
Cedrick Jelks, 38, of Jacksonville climbed into his car and sat on his gun, which accidentally went off. Jelks immediately rushed into his girlfriend’s house and went straight to the bathroom, according to WKMG-TV in Orlando.
His girlfriend, Shanekia Roberts, quickly saw that Jelks had suffered a gunshot wound to his genitals and immediately rushed him to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.
Jelks potentially faces charges for possessing a firearm, as he was previously convicted of cocaine possession. According to reports, he is not legally allowed to own a gun.
If prosecuted for possessing a firearm, he could face a minimum sentence of three years in prison, according to the Miami Herald.
No update was given about Jelks recent condition.
According to Violence Prevention Initiative, people who report “firearm access” are at twice the risk of homicide and more than three times the risk of suicide compared to those who do not own or have access to firearms.
Those people that die from accidental shooting were more than three times as likely to have had a firearm in their home as those in the control group.
Studies have shown that States implementing universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods prior to the purchase of a firearm show lower rates of suicides than states without this legislation.
In 2013, following the Sandy Hook shooting, former President Barack Obama issued an executive order calling for the CDC to “conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it”. Despite this and without specific appropriations from U.S. Congress, new research proposals remain unfunded.
After the federal legislation preventing firearm research, there were 25 percent fewer publications on firearms compared to what would have been expected relative to other causes of death especially to children.