“Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” It’s one of the NRA’s classic sayings. Guns aren’t the problem. People are. I agree that people can be problems, but they usually aren’t lethal problems when they aren’t armed to the teeth. Some people don’t get that. Just ask some of them at this year’s Gun Appreciation Day.
Officials say Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, was having his shotgun checked before entering the show when the incident happened. He was unzipping his 12-gauge shotgun’s case when it accidentally fired birdshot pellets, hitting three people, The News & Observer in Raleigh reported. Wilson was planning on privately selling the gun at the show, according to NBC affiliate WNCN.
The three victims, Janet Hoover, Linwood Hester and Jake Alderman, were hit, respectively, in the right torso, left hand and right hand, WNCN reported. They were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Witness Daniel Peadan told WNCN he was about to enter the building, when he heard a loud pop: “The people right there at the door, a lot of them ran … They scattered because it was chaotic.”
“This was an accidental discharge,” said Brian Long, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, in a statement….
In Medina, Ohio, an exhibitor at a local gun show was opening a box containing a gun when the weapon went off, striking his partner, who was sitting next to him, NBC station WKYC of Cleveland reported.
The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries in the arm and thigh and was taken to a hospital.
Police told WKYC the shooting was accidental, and a man who attended the show had sold that gun to the exhibitor.
In Indianapolis, state police said a 54-year-old man was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic gun when he shot himself in the hand, The Associated Press reported. The victim, Emory L. Cozee, had been leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds, officials told the AP. Loaded personal weapons are not permitted inside this show, according to the AP.
Cozee was hospitalized. Police told the AP no charges will be filed and the shooting was accidental.
Nothing says “I love my gun like shooting someone by accident.”