A BANG! at the Gun Show(Updated)

A BANG! at the Gun Show(Updated)

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    A BANG! at the Gun Show(Updated)

    Went to the Gun Show at the Hot Springs Convention Center today. It was a good gun show with lots of stuff and a pretty good turnout. Me and a friend were standing there at a table when all of a sudden a "BANG" rang out. For a few seconds all activity ceased and you could have heard a pin drop.A couple of aisles over a man, believed to be a dealer, shot himself through the hand with a .45. The .45 bullet hit the concrete, ricocheted up and hit another man in the chest. Lucky for him that bullet had flattened out when it hit the concrete and instead of going through his chest, it just smacked him. He immediately started some serious bruising in his chest area.

    The man that shot himself though the hand ran out of the building and somehow got himself to the hospital a few blocks away.This is the 3rd gun-show that I have been to where there was a negligent discharge. For those that don't know what that is, its when a guns fires when it is not supposed to and its usually due to ignorance, complacency when handling firearms and not following the some of the basic rules of gun handling.


    Today we were lucky that no one got killed due to negligence.

    Here are the 4 basic rules of gun safety that every one should know and with as many new shooters as we have its never a bad thing to discuss.

    Treat every gun as if were loaded.

    Never point a gun at anything you do not want to destroy.

    Know your backstop and what is beyond.

    Keep your finger OFF the trigger until you are on target.

    Follow these and there will be no "negligent discharges".

    I can testify that it is a disgusting, helpless feeling when you hear a shot in a room filled with several hundred people milling about. Especially when you assume that the guns are supposed to be cleared, tie wrapped open and checked at the door.It was my understanding that the dealer was attempting to clear his own personal weapon to show someone when he shot himself through the hand. As most can figure, a .45 though the hand leaves a pretty good blood trail and in the seconds that it happened, the quantity of blood was amazing. As for the guy that took the round to the chest, his number wasn't up. I'll bet he remembers that gun show for the rest of his life.
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    At all the gun shows around here, ALL firearms just be tied to prevent the chamber from even closing. No negligent discharges here.
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    Good that no one else got hurt..I went to one near me, not long ago.We didn't stay real long.It seemed half of the east coast was there.

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    I have heard a lot of dealers at the local gun shows complaining they are not allowed to have their own carry pieces on their person. I guess those complainers ought to see a few stories like this.
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    I bet the pucker factor came into effect,lol.I say that jokingly,but,i;m glad it wasn't worse.
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    Wow! I hope that didn't make antis out of some of the ppl who were there (especially the guy who took one to the chest).
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    Quote Originally Posted by OutWestSystems View Post
    At all the gun shows around here, ALL firearms just be tied to prevent the chamber from even closing. No negligent discharges here.
    Same here

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    Amazing that anyone who deals with firearms in a buy/sell/display situation doesn't appreciate the value of treating every single gun at all times as though it were loaded. Amazing that every touching of a gun doesn't start and end with clearing it to ensure it's absolutely safe. And with dealers having stock on the table or in the case, it's hard to believe anyone would go to such a place without strapping the guns' actions closed.

    Condolences to the injured parties. Glad that nobody was killed.
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    Wow is all i can think of saying at this point. Wow
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    I'm betting there were several hundred pairs of drawers thrown away that evening.
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    You always have to bring your "A" game when handling any firearm. There are no do-overs.
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    First I'm glad the bystander was not more seriously injured. Second I'm glad the dealer was not more seriously injured. Third what a flipping moron!

    I would hope the show organizer refuses to allow this guy back for a long time if ever and the other dealers learn from the "near miss". Wonder how long it will be before the law suits are filed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I'm betting there were several hundred pairs of drawers thrown away that evening.
    Fortunately, those are reusable. With the exception of those worn by the guy who had the flying ashcan strike his chest. Probably had to bury those puppies out back.

    But the guy with the .45ACP hole in his hand is (hopefully) realizing hands are not easily replaced or "cleaned." Good lesson, if he learns from it. (Am assuming it was a 'he' was a he.)
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