Five people were injured by accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio on Saturday, which gun rights activists had declared as "Gun Appreciation Day," news reports say.
In Ohio, a gun dealer in Medina was examining a semi-automatic handgun he had purchased when he accidentally pulled the trigger. The bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck the man's friend in the arm and leg. The injured man was taken by helicopter to a hospital 30 miles north in Cleveland and his condition wasn't immediately known, the Associated Press reported.
In Raleigh, when the owner of a 12-gauge shotgun unzipped its case to be checked at a security entrance at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show, the gun fired injuring three people. Two bystanders were hit by shotgun pellets and taken to a hospital. A retired deputy sheriff suffered a slight hand injury, according to the AP.
In Indianapolis, a 54-year-old man was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds. There were no loaded personal weapons allowed inside the show. He was hospitalized, the AP reported.
A coalition of conservative and gun rights groups had called on gun owners to "go to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your constitution, American flags, and your 'Hands off My Guns' signs on January 19 to send a loud message to Congress and President Obama," according to the event's web site.
Via the Associated Press