An accident at a gun show happened when a firearm discharged while it was being removed from its case, Chicago Tribune reports Jan. 19.
Gary Lynn Wilson took his 12-gauge shotgun to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina to have it inspected. As he removed the gun from its case it unexpectedly discharged -- injuring three people -- including a man, woman, and retired sheriff. Their injuries were not life-threatening, authorities confirmed.
"They all were struck by birdshot from the gun," said Brian Long, spokesman for the Agriculture Department .
The North Carolina gun show will go on as scheduled Sunday. No one entering the event is allowed to bring personal firearms on the property.
Stories such as these continue to make firearms a controversial issue. Since the Sandy Hook tragedy -- in addition to random gun violence -- the safety of guns and First Amendment rights have been hotly debated.
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