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Three hurt in firearm accident at North Carolina gun show

Reuters – 2 hrs 6 mins ago


(Reuters) - Three people including a retired sheriff's deputy were wounded on Saturday at a gun show in North Carolina when a 12-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged as its owner was taking it out of its case, state officials said.

The incident comes as the country debates gun control and the rights of gun owners after a man armed with an assault rifle killed 20 first graders and six adults last month at an elementary school in Connecticut - the deadliest of a string of U.S. shooting sprees last year.

Saturday's shooting occurred when Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, North Carolina, approached the entrance of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh to have his personal firearm inspected.

The shotgun fired as he removed it from its case, according to a statement by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, a host of the gun show.

Two patrons of the gun show were injured - a 50-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman - as was a 54-year-old retired Wake County Sheriff's deputy who was working at the show. None of the injuries were life-threatening, the statement said.

"They all were struck by birdshot from the gun," said Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long.

The incident coincided with a day of rallies across the country by gun rights advocates who say the right to own firearms is under attack from President Barack Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence.

On Sunday, gun control advocates plan events at houses of worship to demand more gun regulation.

The North Carolina gun show will go ahead as planned on Sunday, but no private gun sales will be allowed and personal guns will not be allowed on the property.

(Reporting By Edith Honan in New York; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Beech)

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Clearly Americans don't understand Firearms Safety: ACTS-PROVE

Assume every firearm is loaded.

Control the muzzle direction at all times.

Trigger finger is kept off the trigger and away from the trigger guard.

See the the firearm is unloaded. PROVE safe.

Point the firearm in the safest direction.

Remove all ammunition.

Observe the chamber.

Verify the feeding path.

Examine the bore.

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How Many People Got Shot at Gun Appreciation Day Rallies?



You would think a national "Gun Appreciation Day" would go off without a hitch and no one would get shot, right? Wrong.

There were three different shootings at different rallies that took place all across the country today. Organizers were trying to get people out to show their support for the second amendment in the face of the President's new gun control initiatives.

In Raleigh, North Carolina a 12-gauge shotgun went off while the owner was unzipping it from its case to show a security officer at a safety checkpoint. Two people were injured, but their injuries are not life-threatening, WTVD TV reports. Tally: two people shot.

In Indianapolis, Indiana a man was walking back to his car after attending a Gun Appreciation Day rally and loading his semi-automatic pistol when he shot himself in the hand, WISH TV reports. Tally: three people shot.

In Medina, Ohio the details are a bit sketchier. We only know that a vendor at one of the rally booths was handling a loaded gun when he accidentally shot himself, according to ABC 5. The extent of his injuries are currently unknown. Final tally: four people were shot during Gun Appreciation Day.

Rallies in locales like West Virginia and Florida went off without a hitch. Great job, guys.

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