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Gunfire at gun show prompts policy change

Posted June 9, 2010 10:50 a.m. EDT
Updated June 9, 2010 11:15 a.m. EDT

— 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.