Woman Mistakes Tiny Revolver For Cigarette Lighter

Andrew Tuohy
by Andrew Tuohy

Until now, most discussion concerning firearms and cigarette lighters had been that a cigarette lighter in the shape of a pistol might be mistaken for a real weapon, perhaps by a police officer.

However, a Californian has now proven the opposite to be a definite possibility. According to KESQ News, a 30-year-old woman mistook a small revolver she saw lying on the ground outside her trailer – a North American Arms .22 – for a cigarette lighter, and pulled the trigger in an attempt to light a cigarette. Instead, she ended up shooting her 12-year-old daughter in the upper arm.

I’ll refrain from expressing my personal opinion on the matter.

Revolver shaped lighter. Sells for about $6 on EBay.
The North American Arms .22 Magnum Pug (Photo by David Bagley)
Andrew Tuohy
Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.

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  • Dash Dash on May 05, 2012

    The kid is lucky - The mom is stupid.
    We're all not so lucky.. they're both still among us.

  • Ronin_84 Ronin_84 on Apr 28, 2014

    California woman, huh? Makes sense. Lots of overpaid dumb bimbos in that area. What the $#$ was she thinking, and how did she shoot her daughter in the arm?! Not to mention, it's pretty dumb (no, REALLY dumb) to make an assumption, that just further reinforces the idea that this is a dumb bimbo. Honestly, what I think happened, was that she was somehow playing around with her (unregistered) gun, and managed to shoot her daughter; then, she managed to come up with that excuse.