‘Is that a gun in your pants?’ Man shoots himself in face as he gets undressed

BRIDGEPORT, CT - DECEMBER 22: A woman holds a Beretta pistol at a gun buyback event at the Bridgeport Police Department's Community Services Division on December 22, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The buyback program, the largest in the city's history, will offer up to $200 value for a working handgun, $75 for a rifle and a higher rate of payment for a weapon determined to be an assault-type rifle. There was strong turnout for the event with many residents turning in guns they haven't used in years. Following the massacre of children and adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut last week, numerous Connecticut towns and cities are trying to get more guns off the street. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

It's a simple rule everyone should follow: Remove the gun before you remove your pants.

William Rood of Elizabethton, Tennessee, didn't follow the basic getting-undressed guideline and ended up in the hospital.

Early Sunday evening, Rood took off his pants, leaving his .25 caliber Beretta pistol in the right front pocket. When he placed the pants on his dresser, the pistol discharged and hit Rood in the nose and chin, the Johnson City Press reported.

Fortunately, no one else was injured by the "wardrobe malfunction."

With the bullet still in his neck, Rood was transported to a nearby hospital then airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center.

American readers, if you carry a gun, please take your pants off responsibly. Safety first.

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