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Old May 24th, 2013, 08:40 PM
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Not even the National Enquirer could make this one up. . .

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A teenager is recovering after police say he shot himself in the penis and testicle while cleaning a gun he just bought.

It happened Thursday morning at a home on the 200 block of Verada Street in Port St. Lucie.

Police say 18-year-old Michael Smeriglio first lied to police saying someone shot him while he was walking down the street. After being questioned by police he admitted to accidentally doing it himself.

Doctors say the bullet went through his penis, his left testicle and then lodged itself in his thigh.

Smeriglio told police he bought the gun last month at a party.

While police were investigating at the home where it happened, they discovered marijuana in the house. That led to the arrest of the homeowner, Joseph Lamar James, 22, on drug charges.


I guess this wasn't covered in Mr. Smeriglio's gun safety class.
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I do hope the young man will be okay, but I hope the police will investigate, and see how an 18 year old was able to buy a gun.
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I do hope the young man will be okay, but I hope the police will investigate, and see how an 18 year old was able to buy a gun.
Funnily enough, I looked that up before I did the original post, because I wondered the same thing. But it turns out that it is perfectly legal for 18-year-olds to buy guns in the state of Florida. Now, whether or not it's OK to "buy one at a party" is an issue that is well above my pay grade.

I wonder if it was like a "Tupperware Party" or something. Would that be the equivalent of a gun show? I have no idea.
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Well, I hope he is more careful with the gun he hurt, and more so than the gun he shot it with.
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Well, I hope he is more careful with the gun he hurt, and more so than the gun he shot it with.
Yes, especially since the gun he hurt now resembles a lawn sprinkler.
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