5 Accidentally Shot at Gun Shows in North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana

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In Raleigh, N.C., authorities said three people were wounded when a loaded shotgun accidentally discharged at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

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.

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.

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.

  • dave

    The NRA’s deluded, deranged, and depraved Wayne LaPierre assures us that, “the only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” What’s his defense against a dumbass with a gun?

    • outeast

      I was going to say, “Natural selection.” But there’s a fairly strong correlation between gun-law attitudes and creation views, so maybe not…

  • gruggach

    Knives are just as bad. Why, just the other day I cut my finger with a paring knife and required one smallish bandaid.

    • LL

      To be fair the dumbass who shot his hand probably only required one largish bandaid on each side.

  • Dale

    Does a gun have to be loaded to sell it?

  • Erich Schrempp

    It must be frustrating for the folks at The Onion when the real world steals great headline ideas.

  • Mike K

    When did Dick Cheney change his name to Gary Lynn Wilson?