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‘Mass’ Accidental Shootings at Gun Shows

There hasn’t been an actual accidental “mass shooting” at gun shows. But there has been another person accidentally shooting himself at such a show. I don’t know when “mass” can be legitimately used, but this seems fairly significant to me.

The Des Moines Register reports:

An Iowa gun dealer was hospitalized after he accidentally shot himself in the hand before a gun show Friday afternoon at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The 54-year-old St. Charles resident told police he was showing off a .25 caliber pistol he thought was unloaded when he slid the action of the gun causing it to fire. The bullet went through his left palm, according to a Polk County Sheriff’s report.

Since “Gun Appreciation Day,” on January 19, this is the fourth gun show at which an accidental shooting occurred. On the 19th , five people were shot at three different gun shows. I wrote about this in updates to Ye GADs: Gun Appreciation Day. So now we’re at six people at four different gun shows. Thankfully, no deaths resulted.

Good thing, though, that no one at a gun show has accidentally fired an automatic gun with one of those really big ammunition clips.

Question: I wonder if things like this happen regularly, or is it just being reported now, because of the actual, deadly mass shootings forcing attention?

(Gun Appreciation Day Sign (my edit) via GAD)

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5 Responses to ‘Mass’ Accidental Shootings at Gun Shows

  1. spincitysd January 27, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Just another mouth breathing gun fetishist proving his utter lack of common sense.

    Sidebar: I don’t think it is legal to sell any kind of automatic weapon at a gun show. If people are BATF would be putting the hurt on them. Semi-autos, like the AR-15 are (unfortunately) cool. Now a registered dealer can sell a full auto (read machine gun or machine pistol) to another registered dealer; so there is that loophole. Hum, I wonder if some yahoo will eventually accidentally spray a Thompson into a crowd of goobers attending a gun show. That would be ironic and more than a bit horrible.

    • Joyce Arnold January 27, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

      No doubt you’re correct about no fully automatic guns being legally sold at gun shows, but semi-automatics … though the latter certainly seem capable of doing significant damage.

      • secularhumanizinevoluter January 27, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

        Actually it is perfectly legal to sell fully automatic weapons…aka “machine Guns” at gunshows so long as the sellers and buyers have all the necessary licenses and pay for a tax stamp for each werapon purchased. There is usually at least one dealer at the big shows with tripod mounted MG 34s qnd 42s and 50 cals on their tables.

        • Joyce Arnold January 28, 2013 at 8:25 am #

          Thanks for the info, Sec.

    • jjamele January 28, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      In his defense, that yahoo would probably claim that he was just offering Free Samples.

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