Shootings at 3 Gun Shows on ‘Gun Appreciation Day’

Shootings at 3 Gun Shows on 'Gun Appreciation Day'

While firearms enthusiasts around the country rallied in support of their gun show loophole, gun owners at three gun shows managed to shoot each other:

“Police say a security guard and two others were wounded Saturday afternoon at the Dixie Gun & Knife Show after a shotgun went off as it was being checked in. The gun owner was planning to sell the weapon at the show, which attracts thousands of people to the fairgrounds in West Raleigh.”

 “As part of Saturday’s national Gun Appreciation Day, gun-rights supporters marched around the Legislative Building in downtown Raleigh. State Capitol Police estimated the crowd numbered around 200 people.”

— “Three wounded at shooting at Dixie Gun & Knife Show,” T . Keung Hui and Hayley Paytes, Charlotte Observer

“A man shot himself after leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, one of three shootings at events across the country Saturday, police said.

 While no loaded guns are allowed inside the show itself, Emory L. Cozee, 54, of Indianapolis, who had left the South Pavilion just after 4 p.m., was reloading his .45-caliber semi-automatic in the parking lot when he accidentally shot himself in the hand, police said.”

 — “Man accidentally shoots himself in the hand outside Indy 1500 Gun and Knife at the state fairgrounds,” Ebone Monet, rTV6 News

“The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in Medina at the county gun show being held at the Medina County Community Center (on Medina Fair Grounds).

Medina police Chief Pat Berarducci said a gun dealer was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he had just bought when he accidentally pulled the trigger.

Investigators believe the round hit the floor and struck a man standing nearby in the leg and arm.”

— “Dealer accidentally shoots man at Ohio gun show,” Nicole DeChant,

For running coverage of U.S. shooting accidents, visit the Ohh Shoot blog.


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