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Rifle Fires at Gun Show; Olympia Man Cited for Reckless Endangerment the story proclaims. “A vendor (not pictured above) who attended a gun show at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds this weekend now faces reckless endangerment charges after a rifle he purchased from another seller accidentally discharged, causing a bullet to ricochet off the concrete floor and go into a display case. Though the gun fired in a room full of people, no one was hurt, said Linda Bailey of the Chehalis Police Department.” If I were the buyer, I’d ask for my money back. And my gun rights. On bended knee.

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    • Agreed.

      Also, every gun show I have ever been to requires all weapons, period, to be unloaded and the action opened and blocked with a zip tie or a lock…wondering how this happened to begin with?

        • Uh, the seller for not checkimg when handing over the firearm and the buyer for not checking the firearm when handed it? That’s two safety checks that were ignored.

      • I’ve been to a few WAC gun shows in the area, and they have guys on every door checking guns. But once you’re inside, it wouldn’t be much effort to slip into the bathroom, remove the zip tie, and load it up.
        I can’t see a reason a seller would cut the zip tie and load up a gun he’s selling (particularly, since he could get kicked out if caught), so I’d suspect the buyer did it.

  1. Step one of handling any firearm. Clear it. Blame the seller all you want. I’ll blame the one who’s hands were on it when it fired.

    • I blame them both. The seller should have cleared it before putting it out, and the buyer should have checked first off.

      • Agreed. If I handle a firearm, anywhere, I always check, even if it’s redundant. Keeps the good habit going.

        And again, the gun shows I’ve been to are hardcore. No concealment allowed and all exposed weapons (i.e. if you bring something in to sell or get modified/repaired) must be cleared with a lock or zip-tie through the chamber. And no ammunition allowed (unless you are a dealer) period. I don’t mind it, since the gun shows do attract the yahoo element.

        Maybe things are different up north…

  2. Um… ask for his money back? Why? The guy who “accidently” discharged the firearm was negligent. He apparently forgot that all guns are always loaded.

    • Please take your sentence construction issues up with the people who actually wrote the sentence. I seriously doubt anyone from is going to read your complaint here.

  3. The same thing happened at a gun show in northern Ohio last year except a person was shot. I guy traded in his gun that was loaded to a dealer. The dealer bought the gun and the seller left the show. The dealer then was disassembling it with his buddy sitting next to him. Then boom. His buddy was shot. I thought how the hell was that missed by the police when they inspect the guns coming into the show. This accident happened at the peek of the gun craze last year. I think it was February. I have never seen a line so long to get into a gun show. I left the show 10 minutes before this happened and saw it on the news. The news said that police were looking for the man who sold the gun. My thought was they should be looking for the man that missed it on inspection. Way to pass the buck.


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