Safety slugs in hospitals

March 31, 2008

I received a note based on a question about how to respond to shootings that happen inside hospitals in my weekly recap of the industry. The challenge, as we know, is that hospitals have a lot of mission-critical electronic (and chemical) systems plus a lot of people and are generally a very dense environment. They're simply not the best places to shoot weapons to take down an active shooter (see incident from last week). One of our reader's weighed in with his tip on the subject:

"I retired from the PA GAME COMMISSION after 36 years, (and two years as a Constable). As a Conservation Officer, I had several opportunities to dispatch small animals in a limited space. This was done with Glazer Safety Bullets. One of the calls I received was from the Warden of our County Jail. The jail is close to a small pond, and a muskrat from the pond had gotten in to the jail. The jail officials were afraid that the muskrat was rabid, and they wanted it removed. I shot it with a Glazer (in my 357 Magnum) and the bullet did not exit the muskrat. This was the case in all prior incidents were I had used a Glazer. Glazers expend all of their energy on the first object they hit, and go no further. 


So my suggestion is "Arm Hospital Inside Security with Glazers". -- Bruce Carey, a locksmith from Pennsylvania

Interesting tip. Mr. Carey is actually referring to the Glaser Safety Slug, which behaves as he describes. The only warning some have issued is that these slugs, when used in handguns, sometimes don't have the force needed to take down a perp. In rifles, that is not reported to be an issue. Share your thoughts here (use the comments button) or in our forums if you'd like to add more.