Private Gun Sales Halted at NC Gun Show After Patron’s Gun Accidentally Discharged Hitting Three

Three people were shot at a private gun sales event at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show Saturday when a gun belonging to Gary Lynn Wilson, which he intended to sell, accidentally discharged.

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.

Linwood Hester, 54, of Durham, was struck in the left hand by birdshot, according to Joel Keith, police chief with the state Department of Agriculture. The birdshot also struck a woman identified as Janet Hoover, 54, of Benson, and Jake Alderman, a retired sheriff’s deputy from Wake Forest who was working at the event.

Alderman was treated and released at WakeMed North Healthplex for a minor injury, Keith said. Hester and Hoover were taken to WakeMed. Details on their conditions were not immediately available. Source

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

  

Author: JANET SHAN

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  1. The idiot probably didn’t even know it was loaded.

  2. OOPS!… Glad it was buckshot and no serious harm…

    Here is another one…
    Firearms instructor hired as school guard leaves gun in student bathroom…

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/201.....-bathroom/

  3. The NRA should train them better.

  4. NRA should train them better? Ha! The Republicans are all about people accepting personal responsibility…. especially a former vice president who really set the standards in accepting personal responsibility when he accidentally shot a friend and supporter while hunting. I see that his fellow conservatives are lining up to follow his lead.

  5. I believe the word we’re all searching for here is “schadenfreude.”

  6. Also, same day, at gun shows in Ohio and Indiana, guns were ‘accidentally’ discharged in vicinity of many persons. In one, a man leaving the show with his new rifle, went off [why was live ammo in the chamber???] and the other dealer was unzipping the firearm, when it ‘accidentally’ went off. Live ammo is not supposed to be in firearms at shows. I put accidentally in semiquotes because gun safety DICTATES you check the chambers and clips more than once to make sure there are not shells, shot or any kind of ‘fire’ there.

  7. Worse was the man who was trying to sell his gun at a pawn shop and failing that placed it on the seat of his car where it discharged and killed his son sitting in the back seat.

  8. cjack

    I hope not. (I had to look up schadenfreude)

  9. Darwin

  10. SL :-)

  11. Stock, sorry I didn’t add the ;-) for clarity.

  12. Apparently they weren’t all packing, with live ammo like the NRA wants. If they were then maybe they would have starting shooting each other. Would love to see the NRA spin on that scenario.

  13. Will

    They make you clear your gun before entering the show. This probably happened during that procedure. We’ve seen the NRA spin about the lady at home with her children who used a pistol to dispatch an intruder. “See if she hadn’t had a gun for protection…” which evades the question of why they think anyone wouldn’t want a homeowner to have a gun for protection, providing they were mentally competent, felt they needed one, and were well trained.

    There have been some cases of authorities misusing their weapons on the wrong street, wrong house, wrong person for some homeowners in certain areas not to feel more secure with their own weapon. The fact that most Americans don’t have that problem or expect to have that problem leads me to think there are too few of these incidents to make everyone want to arm themselves.

    It’s disturbing to know that 100 million gun owners have 300 million guns among them, and that too many of them seem to be paranoid. Very disturbing.

  14. Snipe coming. Ohio, how many are paranoid rounded off to the nearest 1,000. :-0

  15. which evades the question of why they think anyone wouldn’t want a homeowner to have a gun for protection, providing they were mentally competent, felt they needed one, and were well trained.

    I’m sorry but you say that like anyone should just take that statement at face value. Personal I don’t and you just have to look at some of the comments on this site to know why. We have people who advocate for the overturning of the 2nd. Those that believe you shouldn’t have anything other than “muskets”, some who thing single shot weapons are plenty for self defense and others who think you should not have any firearms for self defense. To answer your question on why they think that? Because people keep saying so! Again and again but for the most part people seemingly ignore the extremists on their side of the issue I guess.

  16. EE, I guess i am one of those extremists since I think the 2nd is out of date and should be canned. And, I recognize and freely admit that I am an extremist and that there are others on “this side” of the issue.

    Ideally,I would like “your side” to have your wishes for the free and responsible use and enjoyment of weapons of choice, (I would love to target shoot if I lived in a rural area)if only I could feel that accidents, murders, suicides and mass murders could be eliminated or massively reduced from the present level, I realize a complete elimination would be impossible.
    I know you say that all of the suggested actions WOULD NOT do that, but I and others must respectfully disagree and wish to try them.
    Unfortunately, we may never be able to effectively measure a decrease or an increase in gun related incidents to the extent that both “sides” will agree on the numbers.

  17. dd

    That’s why I said “too many” instead of “a great many” like one of our distinguished commenters did. One is too many, but I’m pretty sure there are more than one having seen some of them on youtube and TV recently.

    Actually, I wish we knew how many and could take their guns away – there I said it! :-)

  18. Oakie dokie. Is a little paranoia OK? Cause I wouldn’t want them to take gun away if I had one. :-)

  19. EE

    Personally, I do. You will have to point out who, here, wouldn’t want a homeowner to have a gun for protection, providing they were mentally competent, felt they needed one, and were well trained. I probably missed it.

    Just because I wouldn’t doesn’t mean I think everyone shouldn’t. Enforcing laws and making new laws controlling who has what weapons and ammunition in no way abrogates the basic right for anyone sane to own a legal weapon for personal protection. Those laws should prohibit military style weapons purchased to fire at military or civilian authorities, however. We don’t settle things that way in this country; we hold elections.

  20. dd

    Define little.

    EE
    Correction, just because I wouldn’t want a weapon doesn’t mean I think everyone else shoudn’t want one.

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