Guns shows are a popular way for enthusiasts to see and handle the firearms
that they may have been considering purchasing. While most of these shows
go off without any issues, after a recent one in Pennsylvania, police
are seeking to file
criminal charges against one of the vendors. The charges would be in response to one attendee
who was accidentally shot.
The show was being held at a fairground in the central part of the state.
The incident occurred as the vendor was demonstrating a discreet holster
for those with a concealed-carry permit. As the man was in the process
of instructing the prospective buyer, the weapon accidentally discharged
and struck the 25-year-old woman in the upper leg.
The customer was treated at a local hospital and later released from doctor's
care. The gun owner reportedly claimed the firearm had been unloaded when
he was showing it earlier in the day. He contended that as he was conducting
required safety checks for other buyers, someone else may have tampered
with the gun since it was accessible for a time. The gun show organizer
clearly advertises that all weapons are to be unloaded before being brought
onto the show's premises.
The vendor was shut down and denied permission to return the next day.
The Pennsylvania county's prosecutor has not yet filed the criminal
charges recommended by police, which would be a misdemeanor with a maximum
24-month sentence and a possible $5,000 fine. This 44-year-old business
owner has not yet been charged and he is presumed to be innocent of any
misconduct or negligence in the accidental shooting. He is entitled to
educate himself concerning his legal rights and the best options available
to him if he is eventually charged in this matter.
Source: cumberlink.com, "Police plan to charge gun vendor over Pa. shooting", , June 30, 2014