Thursday, February 3, 2011

Unintentional shootings at gun shows in Florida and Arkansas

Two men went to gun shows in two different states over the weekend, looking to sell their guns. (Private gun show sales - no background check run on the purchaser, no record of the sale kept.)
56-year-old Stephen Donnelly went to the gun show at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale, Arkansas. Donnelly neglected to unload his shotgun before entering the show. He unintentionally fired the shotgun at the entrance to the convention center. The gun was pointed at the floor and the round struck the tile and pellets ricocheted off the floor and struck a man standing nearby in the stomach and upper arm. The man's injuries were minor. Donnelly was charged with battery third degree, assault first degree and criminal mischief.
A 68-year-old man went to the Suncoast Gun Show at the Manatee Convention Center in Palmetto, Florida. He was looking to sell his 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Gun show staff unloaded the gun and placed a zip-tie device in the trigger housing to prevent the gun from firing. At some point the man went out to the parking lot, reloaded his gun and was trying to remove the zip-tie when he unintentionally shot himself in the stomach. The injury required surgery and the man is in the hospital listed in stable condition.
Ohh shoot.

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