Are Gun Shows Safe? Five Accidental Shootings at Gun Shows, Including in Medina

Saturday's accidental shooting at the Medina Gun Show was the first in 35 years.

On what was pitched as "Gun Appreciation Day," five people were shot and injured at three different gun shows across the country, including one in Medina. 

The Huffington Post reported earlier this week that a handful of conservative groups declared Jan. 19 Gun Appreciation Day. It was also a day that many communities hosted gun shows where hunters, gun collectors and enthusiasts gather to buy and sell guns.

The Medina Gun Show has been an annual event since 1978, according to its website. Organizer Conrad & Dowell puts on gun shows at the Medina County Community Center throughout the year. 

At Saturday's show, a vendor bought a handgun at the show and knew it was loaded, according to The Plain Dealer. The vendor aimed the gun away from people while trying to unload it and accidentally fired the gun at the concrete floor. The bullet ricocheted off the floor and hit the vendor's arm and leg, according to NewsNet5

Saturday's accidental shooting was the first in 35 years, according to the Plain Dealer.

There are rules at the show to prevent accidents and the rules are prominently published on the show's website:  

"For everyone’s safety, no loaded firearms are allowed in the building. All firearms brought into the building are checked to confirm they are not loaded and then “tied”. All firearms on exhibitor’s tables are restrained in some way. Guns are restrained by being in a glass case, by rope or wire tied. All State and Federal firearms laws are vigorously enforced. You must be 18 years old to purchase a long gun and 21 years old to purchase a handgun."

Yet somehow somebody handled a loaded weapon and somebody got hurt. 

So the question is, have you ever been to a gun show? Do you think they are safe? Could they be safer? How?

Jim Moore January 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM
Yes, gun shows are safe. Thousands of gun shows over the years with hundreds of thousands of guns and five accidents make the news. Really? You're safer at a gun show than walking most of the streets in Cleveland, Ohio.
Artsy Peanut January 23, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Jim I agree completely. These accidental shoots do happen on rare occasions because no matter what you do there will be some stupid human. However, why are we just now hearing about it? I never heard a single thing in the news lumping them together until now. I do believe in a measure of gun control. However, I believe there are plenty of laws already in place that aren't enforced and if they were, some shootings would not have happened. So we can react to a slanted media and demand more laws that won't be enforced or we can look at what we already have and make sure that it's working as it should. The more guns we outlaw, the more business we create for gangs. That is an absolute fact.
Papa Harley January 23, 2013 at 01:29 PM
......and the streets of Cracron!
Sa;;y January 23, 2013 at 06:28 PM
I think the media is just publicizing every thing more to drum up support for gun control. I don't believe gun shows are unsafe. After all, there is usually security enforcement of some type at the entrance checking weapons before they go in.
James Thomas January 23, 2013 at 07:15 PM
As stated in the other version of this article: Well, if they have one accident every 35 years, and we just had it; I would say gun shows are safer than flying or driving or golfing or going to school or waking up in the morning or buying over the counter medications or eating out or.................. I think you get the point.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 23, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Ah, well, that worked, didn't it?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 23, 2013 at 09:20 PM
We should ban waking up in the morning!!
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 23, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Doh!!! There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period. Ted Nugent
James Thomas January 24, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Yes, that would be a perfectly logical Progressive response. I'm expecting an Executive Order any day now.
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! January 24, 2013 at 04:55 PM
The results of political changes are hardly ever those which their friends hope or their foes fear. Thomas Huxley


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