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Man shoots self on way home from gun safety class

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BOYNTON BEACH, Fla., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man who accidentally shot himself on his way home from a gun safety class is expected to recover from his injury.

Boynton Beach police said Eric Morkert stopped his pickup truck while driving home from a gun safety class and sat in the bed of the vehicle to examine his new Glock 17 handgun, WPBF-TV, West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Monday.

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Police said Morkert had removed the gun's magazine and was manipulating the slide when it fired off a round that struck him in the leg.

Morkert was taken to Delray Community Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. He was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Police said officers seized Morkert's gun.

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