Skip to comments.Accidental Shooting At A Bloomington Gun Show
Posted on 02/28/2011 7:03:56 AM PST by Sasparilla
There was what appears to be a shooting accident on Saturday at a gun show in Bloomington, Indiana. A rifle went off as a person attending the show put it down on a vendors table. The bullet hit wood and two persons were hit by flying wood. One person had small wounds from the flying wood and refused medical treatment.
But, another man was hit by the flying wood and what is believed to be a .223 round. The bullet went through his arm and then struck another person.
One of the victims was reported to be in critical condition at a local hospital. Tests will be done to determine if the bullet came from the rifle. The bullet was recovered.
The show resumed after the injured left the building. At least one state has criminal penalties for accidental discharge of firearms at gun shows. There's an explanation of Arizona's law below. A visitor at the gun show turned on his cell phone camera right after the shooting. Heres the video...
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Not accidental. If there was a chambered round, it’s negligence. If a patron loaded it, it’s deliberate and criminal.
I’ve never understood how this could happen. If I were laying weapons out for sale, I’d check them twice...always amazes me.
So why the heck was there a cartridge in bloomin’ rifle?
A vendor should have known better and guest’s should should have been cleared when checked in.
What horrible reporting. The whole thing sounds highly suspicious to me
1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Someone didn’t learn the basics. Every time I pick up a gun, I check whether it is loaded, and I doubt that there has been even one exception (except when using the weapon for self-defense) since I was just learning in elementary school and a single error meant no shooting for a year.
They obviously forgot to follow the very first rule of gun safety.
Always, always, ALWAYS treat every gun as if it was loaded.
Then follow the second rule.
Keep your freakin’ finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Followed by the third.
Always point the gun in a safe direction.
Just because you are at a gun show does not mean the rules don’t apply, should be taken for granted, or allows you to be a slacker on vigilance toward the rules.
Two innocent people were shot and could have been killed because some diphsit decided it would be a good idea to load a firearm at a gun show and some other diphsit who had guns laying out on a table for sale wasn't paying attention to what people were doing handling his guns, especially the diphsit who loaded one of them. (Or maybe the guy with guns for sale loaded it himself and he was the diphsit.)
Two other innocent bystanders were hurt by flying debris and were likewise fortunate not to have been killed or wounded.
It is unknown whether criminal charges have been filed, but at least four civil suits are pending.
Seriously, a chambered round at a gun show? I agree with other posters: either negligence or criminal. In either case, it's prosecution time. This kind of crap is just what the Commies want so they can shut down the gun shows.
At the gun shows I go to they always have tie wraps through the chamber to prevent something like this.
Doesn’t pass the smell text. EVERY gun show I’ve been to, all firearms must have the chamber open and a blocker (usually a wire tie or the like) through the action. EVERY ONE.
Doesn’t pass the smell test. EVERY gun show I’ve been to, all firearms must have the chamber open and a blocker (usually a wire tie or the like) through the action. EVERY ONE.
Maybe my tinfoil is on too tight, but I've been to too many of these shows to think this was "accidental" in any form.
The first question is why was the gun loaded.
However, many people are oblivious when they handle one that’s for sale at gun shows or gun stores.
As a frequent gun show and gun store visitor, I have seen people pick up a pistol, and when handling it, point it obliviously at the person behind the counter or gun show table or at someone else across the way. Most long guns are laying on tables pointing at the person behind the table or the aisle behind the table. But, other sellers have their rifles in racks pointing at the ceiling.
Hydrazine, you are right. You can never be a slacker. But, some people’s brains just become blank mindless jelly when handling guns.
All weapons at gun shows are supposed to have their breeches disabled with tie-wraps. Someone should get the book thrown at them, if they can figure out for sure who removed (or failed to install) the tie and loaded the weapon.
You think this couldn't be the same sort of thing?
The gun show organizers will be sued, of course. Their insurance will either settle or lose in a court case. The next year's insurance will be cancelled or it premium will go sky high. The gun show will substantially jack entrance and table prices, or go out of business.
[Not accidental. If there was a chambered round, its negligence. If a patron loaded it, its deliberate and criminal.]