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Gunfire at gun show prompts policy change

Posted June 9, 2010

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— The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office plans to change its policy for gun shows at the Crown Expo Center after a rifle went off during a Sunday event, authorities said Wednesday.

A Chapel Hill man brought a rifle to the C&E Gun Show and gave it to a deputy who was checking that all firearms brought inside were unloaded. Bands are placed on the triggers to show the weapons have been inspected, but because the rifle already displayed a trigger band after it was brought it on Saturday, the deputy didn't check it, authorities said.

When a vendor at the show unlatched the safety on the rifle to inspect it, the band had enough pressure on the trigger to pull it and fire a shot, authorities said.

No one was injured in the incident, and no charges will be filed, authorities said.

The gun owner told deputies he didn't know the rifle had a live round in it.

Deputies will now check every weapon, regardless of whether it already had a trigger band, authorities said.

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  • ifcdirector Jun 9, 2010

    These deputies need to go back to the range for a basic gun safety course. Never. Ever. Ever put anything that applies tension on the trigger of a firearm because it will fire. Surprise! These bands need to be placed through the ACTION of the weapon, i.e. to disable the bolt or other action from actually being able to chamber a round or make the gun fire. Leave the triggers alone.

  • southrnarchitect Jun 9, 2010

    This is to smallah because your comments are not accurate:

    1) Not all gun owners a stupid and there is not a epidemic of stupid going around , it is just the stupid acts are what gets the attention of the news media - they person that use a rifle or hand gun daily and never does anything stupid does not create headlines line a stupid act does. Also, in this case the vendor as at fault - you never unlatch the safety on any weapon in a public space with out making sure that there are no rounds in the chamber in this kind of surroundings.

    2) You need a permit/license to by any hand gun in the state of North Carolina. Rifles do not require a permit/license however you are required to go through the waiting period that is set up by the federal government so that a background check can be done on you by the selling store.

    3) Correct in that you do not need a permit/license after you purchase the hand gun but you cannot get one without that license. If you have a concealed carry permit tha

  • aspenstreet1717 Jun 9, 2010

    assume it's loaded regardless.

  • smcallah Jun 9, 2010

    "Seems stupid gun owners is an epidemic. Do they need an SAT exam for gun owners before they should be given a license?"

    You don't need a license to own a gun in the state of NC. You just need a permit to buy or a permit to carry concealed.

    After you buy the gun, you no longer need the permit. And if you have a concealed carry permit, you can buy a gun when you want.

    And yes, you have to take a course to get your concealed carry permit.

  • saturn5 Jun 9, 2010

    NotFromHere: "Seems stupid gun owners is an epidemic. Do they need an SAT exam for gun owners before they should be given a license?"

    What kind of license are you referring to? I don't believe there's such a thing as a "rifle license." They simply need to follow existing rules for safe handling. Extra tests won't make a difference if the rules are already not followed. You had to have three people making poor decisions to result in this incident. 1) bad design trigger band, 2) negligent gun owner, 3) negligent Deputy. Correcting any one of these would have prevented the discharge. I don't know about an "epidemic" unless you know of a lot of other gun show incidents that we haven't heard about.

  • trianglerelic Jun 9, 2010

    Vietnam Vet "Why would anyone, especially a LEO, place a band on the trigger and not through the action"
    I'm guessing they put it through the trigger to allow the seller to still be able to demonstrate that the action is functioning properly for potential buyers. I'm guessing that the band would get cut off if they block the gun's action. I wouldn't buy a gun without checking the action function.

  • Worland Jun 9, 2010

    They usually put the bands through the action, or lock the bolt closed with the band.

    Got to be careful with trigger locks too. One of my troops deployed and left trigger locks on his rifles. His room mates decided to load a Chinese T53. When they closed the bolt, it fired since the trigger lock had the trigger pulled all the way back. Luckily, only a few walls were injured.

  • Hip-Shot Jun 9, 2010

    Why wasn't the action cycled when the gun was inspected by the deputy? That would have cleared any rounds in the firearm.

  • NotFromHere Jun 9, 2010

    "Gun owner was stupid. No wonder the thing went off. That's three stupid strikes on one weapon." - saturn5

    Seems stupid gun owners is an epidemic. Do they need an SAT exam for gun owners before they should be given a license?

  • NotFromHere Jun 9, 2010

    "Gun owner was stupid. No wonder the thing went off. That's three stupid strikes on one weapon." - saturn5

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