Cedar City resident Dan Kidder was lucky to be out of his bed Tuesday at 8 p.m. when the 38-caliber round punctured the headboard of his bed and landed on the floor, the St. George (Utah) Daily Spectrum reported.
"It's a common thing to have happen. This is something that happens with a new firearms owner," said Kidder, who is a firearms instructor.
Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said the neighbor believed the gun was empty before it fired because it had been loaded and unloaded a number of times.
The bullet reportedly punctured a wall of the neighbor's home before going through a wall of Kidder's home and his headboard.
Kidder said he is going to offer his neighbor gun safety information, regardless of the amount of experience he has handling guns.