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3 injured after shotgun accidentally fires at N.C. gun show
CNN ^ | 19 Jan 2013 | Michael Martinez

Posted on 01/19/2013 4:18:57 PM PST by Theoria

A 12-gauge shotgun loaded with bird shot accidentally discharged Saturday when the owner opened its case at a gun show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, injuring a retired sheriff's deputy and two other people, police said.

The gun owner, a 36-year-old man from Wilmington, North Carolina, was carrying the weapon through security at the show entrance and was unfastening the case on a table, authorities said. The owner planned to sell the shotgun at the show.

The deputy suffered a slight injury to his hand and was treated and released at a local hospital, said Joel Keith, chief of police of the North Carolina State Fair.

A 54-year-old woman from Benson, North Carolina, was being treated a wound to her right torso at a local hospital, and a 50-year-old man from Durham, North Carolina, was treated for an injured left hand, Keith told reporters.

"I want to emphasize that this is an accident," Keith said.

Wake County sheriff's investigators and the local prosecutor will determine whether to file charges against the shotgun owner, authorities said.

Detectives began interviewing the owner shortly after the 1 p.m. shooting, authorities said.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he was unsure whether it was legal to bring a loaded gun on state fairgrounds.

However, when the state fair is held in October, it is illegal to bring a loaded gun to the fairground because of the large crowds, authorities said.

Investigators will consult with the Wake County district attorney's office about Saturday's incident, the sheriff said.

"This is state property. That's something we're looking into," Harrison told reporters. "It's early right now."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; gun; gunshow; moron; northcarolina
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1 posted on 01/19/2013 4:19:07 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Terrible. It should have never happened, but accidents do happen. Ever been to the emergency room to get your hand or finger stiched up after you cut yourself with a kitchen knife?


2 posted on 01/19/2013 4:21:53 PM PST by Obadiah (Of course Obama wants to protect our children. After all, who else is going to pay off his debt?)
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To: Theoria

My question ... why was the shotgun loaded?


3 posted on 01/19/2013 4:24:27 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Obadiah

Great! More ammunition to stop gun shows.


4 posted on 01/19/2013 4:25:01 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Obadiah

Accidents happen. Negligence is violation of rule 1.


5 posted on 01/19/2013 4:26:43 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria

Is this the second one today? Things are looking a bit suspicious!


6 posted on 01/19/2013 4:26:50 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Theoria

RALEIGH, N.C. — At least two people were injured Saturday afternoon in an apparent accidental shooting at the gun show being held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

Emergency crews responded to the scene shortly after 1 p.m., and two people were loaded into ambulances.

A witness told WRAL that a gun went off after being checked by an official at a safety check-in location, hitting a man in the hand and a woman in the side.


7 posted on 01/19/2013 4:27:35 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: doc1019

Valid question. As I noted, it should have never happened. You don’t bring a gun to a show that hasn’t been thoroughly saftey checked!


8 posted on 01/19/2013 4:27:50 PM PST by Obadiah (Of course Obama wants to protect our children. After all, who else is going to pay off his debt?)
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To: Theoria

Two in one day? Something smells here.


9 posted on 01/19/2013 4:28:23 PM PST by Y-blocker
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To: Y-blocker

No, I think they are the same event. I didn’t see the earlier posting. Everything is under a microscope these days anyway.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 4:29:41 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Theoria
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2979882/posts

Already posted. But, according to this article, it was the Police Officer that accidentally discharged the bullet.

11 posted on 01/19/2013 4:29:41 PM PST by HollyB
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To: Theoria
The first thread I saw about this said that it was the LEO that caused the negligent discharge.
12 posted on 01/19/2013 4:30:56 PM PST by 2111USMC (aim small, miss small)
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To: Obadiah

Too bad you can’t be arrested for being stupid.


13 posted on 01/19/2013 4:31:41 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 2111USMC; backwoods-engineer

Yes, backwoods-engineer started the thread. He said he has a source verifying it was a LEO.

“Some stupid cop puts his booger hook on the bang switch when he’s unloading a pistol. Yes, it was a cop; I have a source who was 50 ft away when it happened. WHY would somebody bring a loaded pistol into a gun show anyway? Why not unload in your car, or at least before getting in line? Why hand a LOADED pistol to a COP, who are well known for not following the 4 rules?”


14 posted on 01/19/2013 4:33:57 PM PST by HollyB
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To: Theoria

A 12-gauge shotgun loaded with bird shot accidentally discharged Saturday when the owner opened its case


A shotgun is an object. It does not do anything “accidentally.”

Someone screwed up.


15 posted on 01/19/2013 4:37:21 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Fair is a place you go to eat cotton candy and step in monkey poop)
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To: doc1019

LOL. Settle down there, Skippy.


16 posted on 01/19/2013 4:38:52 PM PST by Obadiah (Of course Obama wants to protect our children. After all, who else is going to pay off his debt?)
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To: HollyB
it was the Police Officer that accidentally discharged the bullet

Well, we should ban all police officers then. You know they carry semi automatic weapons and have access to clips that hold many bullets. And many of those bullets are made of lead which could harm children, should they come into contact, God (can I still say that with out offending some person?) forbid.(sarc).

17 posted on 01/19/2013 4:39:15 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire)
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To: Obadiah

While this should not happen, the bigger question is IS THIS NATIONAL NEWS WORTHY? 3 very minor injuries.. now I wonder how much damage thugs did in Chicago today, both with and without guns.


18 posted on 01/19/2013 4:40:25 PM PST by pnut22
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To: doc1019

Because there aren’t enough jail cells for all the Zero voters.


19 posted on 01/19/2013 4:41:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Obadiah

Skippy? Haven’t been called that in over 60 years. LOL!


20 posted on 01/19/2013 4:41:46 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Theoria; All
Just great. Perfect timing. And CNN has already picked it up, meaning the White Hut is already aware, and is planning to use this to clamp down on gun shows as "unsafe".

"See?", these idiots will bellow. "See? Private sales at a gun show are UNSAFE! You gun nuts are a PUBLIC THREAT!"

Just what we needed on Gun Appreciation Day.

Just damn.

21 posted on 01/19/2013 4:42:43 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good point


22 posted on 01/19/2013 4:42:57 PM PST by doc1019
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To: pnut22

Good point. Of course the answer is that there is an agenda to advance.


23 posted on 01/19/2013 4:44:39 PM PST by Obadiah (Of course Obama wants to protect our children. After all, who else is going to pay off his debt?)
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To: Theoria

I was going to go to that very show today with my 11 year old son. Instead, opted to go tomorrow (to stock up on .45ACP HP’s with my favorite ammo vendor who frequents this show.....damned good gun show, by the way).

No charges should be filed, but the moron who failed to clear his shotgun before arrival should be bitch-slapped.


24 posted on 01/19/2013 4:49:13 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Theoria
There is no such thing as an accidental discharge.

A negligent discharge is caused by either ignorance or carelessness.

The person can be considered ignorant, if they have not been trained.

They are careless, if they disregard their training.

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

NRA T/C CRSO

25 posted on 01/19/2013 4:49:59 PM PST by Uriíel-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: llevrok

I’m glad us Freepers understand the ridiculousness of how over the top society has become about being PC and oversensitivity to subjects. It’s ridiculous. Being offended seems to be the new fad. Anyway, back to the subject:

All of the new reports are stating that the LEO never touched the shotgun. So, I don’t know what the real story is. It would be good to hear from a witness because the following two portions of the article don’t mesh.

“A man identified as Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, brought the 12-gauge shotgun to the show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and was attempting to remove it from its case when the weapon went off shortly after 1 p.m., police said.”

Then it goes on to say:

“Visitors are supposed to allow security officials to check in weapons, Keith said, but Wilson removed the gun from its case before personnel had a chance to handle it. The shotgun was laying flat on a table when it discharged.

“I want to emphasize that this was an accident,” Keith said. “At the time, no employee, no officer had inspected that gun.”

So, the reporter isn’t giving a clear answer as to what happened.

http://www.wral.com/two-people-injured-in-shooting-at-raleigh-gun-show/12000843/


26 posted on 01/19/2013 4:51:39 PM PST by HollyB
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To: Obadiah

Not an accident, negligence.


27 posted on 01/19/2013 4:54:23 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: HollyB; All

The early report on the story posted earlier was in error. This thread and the other one are stories on the same event in Raleigh.


28 posted on 01/19/2013 4:56:05 PM PST by backwoods-engineer ("Remember: Evil exists because good men don't kill the gov officials committing it." -- K. Hoffmann)
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To: Theoria

Not just ‘loaded’; Chambered. Not just ‘chambered’; Safety OFF. 3 rule violations!


29 posted on 01/19/2013 4:58:18 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Y-blocker

Not really.. When you consider the heavy traffic as a result of ‘gun appreciation day’, so far these accidents have been minimal.


30 posted on 01/19/2013 5:00:09 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Theoria

Taking a loaded gun to a gun show - what an idiot.
There really are people too lame brained to be trusted with guns.


31 posted on 01/19/2013 5:00:18 PM PST by Iron Munro (I Miss America, don't you?)
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To: backwoods-engineer

OK, thanks BWE.


32 posted on 01/19/2013 5:02:18 PM PST by HollyB
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To: Theoria

some people are too stupid to own firearms.


33 posted on 01/19/2013 5:11:11 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Iron Munro; All

An idiot, or perhaps an intentional idiot...?


34 posted on 01/19/2013 5:15:21 PM PST by 88keys (under construction: waiting for something positive to say)
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To: Obadiah
Ever been to the emergency room to get your hand or finger stitched up after you cut yourself with a kitchen knife?

Didn't go after cutting myself with a kitchen knife, but did make the trip after cutting the top of my knuckle off while cutting my husband's hair, to save money.;o)

35 posted on 01/19/2013 5:18:07 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: 2111USMC
Oh come on Marine, no LEO is that stupid.


36 posted on 01/19/2013 5:22:13 PM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Theoria
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said he was unsure whether it was legal to bring a loaded gun on state fairgrounds.

Isn't that something the sheriff should know?

37 posted on 01/19/2013 5:23:53 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: paul51

A first hand accounting from local forum member in attendance at the time, two idiots to blame here. First, the one bringing in a loaded shotgun. Second, the dimwit at the check point who failed to inspect the chamber and safety then proceeded to fasten a zip tie to the trigger. Ooops!

The media “somehow” missed this part of the story.


38 posted on 01/19/2013 5:42:30 PM PST by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

Didn’t realize that this and the incident posted earlier were one and the same.
Gotta figure anything that happens at a gun show now will be front page news. The media will do all they can to show the low-info voters that evil guns are just going off all over the place on their own.


39 posted on 01/19/2013 5:44:57 PM PST by Y-blocker
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To: Theoria
I've been going to gun shows for 40 years. I have personally witnessed 4 guns go off during that time. Fortunately only one person hit in all 4 incidents, and that one was a security officer/cop trying to unload a .25 cal Colt pocket automatic some idiot had put for sale still loaded, sitting on a table.

There is no place in world more quiet than a gun show the first two seconds after a gun goes off. Everybody is waiting to hear the screaming. When you see blood on the concrete floor at a gun show it makes a memorable impression.

40 posted on 01/19/2013 5:51:57 PM PST by Lockbar (Quality Factory Loaded Ammunition ------ The New Gold)
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To: ProfoundBabe
“failed to inspect the chamber and safety then proceeded to fasten a zip tie to the trigger.”

Not to pick nits, but the zip tie is supposed to go through the open chamber to ensure that nothing can be “chambered”.

41 posted on 01/19/2013 6:09:28 PM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

Precisely!


42 posted on 01/19/2013 6:15:55 PM PST by ProfoundBabe ("Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other." - OW Holmes)
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To: Theoria

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This was NOT an accident.

They’re so transparent; obviously it was a set-up.

Otherwise, how did the media pick up on it so quickly.


43 posted on 01/19/2013 6:22:48 PM PST by LucyT (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: Theoria

Confiscate all the guns of this stupid prick. We do not need idiots like this on our side.


44 posted on 01/19/2013 6:42:40 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Lockbar

There were no “accidental” firings at the Grassy Knoll shooting range today. They have an unblemished safety record.


45 posted on 01/19/2013 6:44:27 PM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: doc1019

I can’t fathom anyone not knowing the state of their weapon, this is beyond stupid, makes me think it’s setup.


46 posted on 01/19/2013 7:05:46 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Bulwyf

I have been around guns of various types all my life, both as a civilian and in the military and I would never be so stupid as to not make sure a gun was empty before I took it anywhere. Like all the folks that accidentally shoot themselves while cleaning their gun ... BS.

Hard to suffer fools.


47 posted on 01/19/2013 7:19:54 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 88keys

Exactly. What if it wasn’t an accident? What if it was just another attempt to get gun shows banned. I don’t put anything past these leftists.


48 posted on 01/19/2013 7:24:08 PM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: Bulwyf

Be interesting to know more about the guy that brought the loaded gun- is he a lefty who bought a shotgun, rigged it to go off easily, gets himself a Carhart shirt and then goes off to the gun show to cause an accident?


49 posted on 01/19/2013 7:29:48 PM PST by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Preach it brother!

I *hate* hearing the term “Accidental Discharge”. In almost every case “Negligent Discharge” applies. And I’m ready to jump in with that on ever occasion.


50 posted on 01/19/2013 7:29:51 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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