5 Injured in 3 Gun Show Shootings

It was a day of accidental shootings at 3 shows

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2013 9:17 AM CST

(Newser) – Five people were injured yesterday in accidental shootings at three separate gun shows, reports CNN. A man unpacking a shotgun he intended to sell accidentally discharged the weapon, injuring three people with birdshot at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in North Carolina. The incident closed down the gun show, but it was set to reopen today. "I'm sure there isn't anybody who hates this more than the guy who owned this weapon," says the local police chief, who added that they were looking into whether it's legal to bring a loaded weapon to state property.

Elsewhere, a man at an Ohio gun show accidentally shot off a semiautomatic weapon, shooting his business partner. And a man at an Indiana gun show accidentally shot himself in the hand as he was loading a .45 caliber semiautomatic. "The investigation determined the shooting to be accidental, and no charges will be filed," says a police official.

Steven Collis explains the optics on a HK-91 .308 rifle on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Gun and Knife Show at the Julian Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Ky.
Steven Collis explains the optics on a HK-91 .308 rifle on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Gun and Knife Show at the Julian Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Ky.   (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Allie Douglass)
A HK-91 .308 rifle, right, is displayed on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Gun and Knife Show at the Julian Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Ky.
A HK-91 .308 rifle, right, is displayed on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Gun and Knife Show at the Julian Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Ky.   (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, Allie Douglass)
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