Accidental shooting prompts new rule on N.C. State Fairgrounds
The State Fairgrounds in North Carolina have added security measures to the Dixie Gun and Knife Show after an accidental shooting left three people injured this weekend. News 14 Carolina's Linnie Supall explains how temporary changes banning private gun sales on property could lead to a policy change down the road.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It was an early start to the day for this crowd.
“I didn't want to wait three hours to get in. So I went home and came back here. I got here at 6 o'clock this morning,” said David Rosin.
Some like David Rosin lined up hours before the 10:00 a.m. reopening of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show after this scene Saturday when officials said a loaded shotgun fired when the owner removed it from its case at a security checkpoint.
"To bring in a loaded gun that wasn't on safety and then pull it out by the trigger and have it go off? That's not too sound," added Rosin.
One day later, temporary changes were in place. The State Fairgrounds banned private gun sales on property for the remainder of the show.
Officials with the State Fairgrounds say its really up to the promoters to who lease the space to decide what regulations they place on attendees, but after Saturday's accidental shooting that policy may change.
"It depends on the show. If it's a show that we promote like the Got to Be NC Festival or the North Carolina State Fair we don't allow firearms and we screen people at every gate, but when a promoter comes in and rents the building for a gun show or some other event it's up to the promoter as far as the rules and what type of show it is and what they allow inside the building," said Joel Keith, Chief of Police for the NC Department of Agriculture.
As for David, he's on board with the changes.
“Probably for safety reasons it's a good idea. As long as there's security here. Why do you need to bring a gun in here loaded?” he said.
Meanwhile, the three people injured in the accidental shooting are expected to be OK.
The owner of the gun that went off is Gary Lynn Wilson of Wilmington. Authorities have yet to say whether any charges will be filed in the case.