Wilmington man’s gun goes off at gun show, hurts three

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Submitted: Sun, 01/20/2013 - 11:14am
Updated: Mon, 01/21/2013 - 1:26pm

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Law enforcement officials have confirmed a shooting at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.

Agency spokesman Brian Long says a 12-gauge shotgun discharged while its owner, 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson, of Wilmington, unzipped its case for a law enforcement officer to check it at a security entrance.

Three people were injured when the gun went off, officials said, including a retired Wake County Sherriff’s deputy working the show.

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  • GuestMan. says:

    The title says it all, although I do feel bad for the people that got wounded. How’s that 2nd Amendment working out for ya?

  • longcolt says:

    flaky post. a sure sign of intellect is being able to get to the point, quickly, in a conversation. i usually lose interest with your many posts somewhere in the old testatment. you’re one of those retirees that needs to stick to clipping coupons.

  • Guest461 says:

    The doom and gloom goes to the forefont and gets sensationalized. The good that comes from responsible gun owners gets stifled and buried. Typical leftist propoganda.

    Vog here actually wants a law that charges a homeowner with a Felony if a criminal breaks into his “locked and secured home” and steals his weapon (if the weapon isn’t locked). This means every gun owner must have 40 locks on his front door and the guns secured in a 5ooo dollar safe that can’t be breached by the average criminal. We all know that most gun locks are a deterrent at best and will not prevent a criminal from breaching. On top of that, he wants gunowners to carry “liability insurance” to cover the injuries of someone that may be affected by a thief who steals your weapon.

    Now tell me, is that some clear thinking or what? Yep, just like the Mississippi river, clear as mud…

  • Vog46 says:

    In your rush to judgement your forgot your ability to read.
    Homeowner not home? Burglar breaks in steals the locked guns?
    No problems
    Homeowner not home and guns NOT locked? Charge the gun owner (Misdemeanor for first offense – I’ll be kind)
    Homeowner there? Locks not needed.

    Of course if everyone was a responsible gun owner and took care of their weapons we wouldn’t be talking about guns going off at the fairgrounds, or someone taking Mommy and Daddys guns and shooting up the family now would we? (Then later WalMart). Nuts like Adam Lanza “happen”
    Of course if we want background checks to weed out “nut cases” I suppose current gun owners would have to undergo a shrink exam.
    Would YOU Pass?
    You could always get your union organizer buddies at the NRA to defend you you know.
    Pay your dues to lobby the government – sounds so “AFL-CIO” doesn’t it?
    Annual renewals
    Background checks

    If I get 80% of what I want to see I’ll be happy.
    But if we undergo shrink exams be prepared to have 20% of gun owners lose their ability to own.


  • Vog46 says:

    And remember Justice Scalia’s opinion about some guns:


    “Scalia, a strict interpreter of the Constitution, said there’s an “important limitation” on the right to bear arms.
    “We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual weapons’,” Scalia wrote


  • longcolt says:

    is out of the bag. the leftist media for the masses (and its sycophants..are you??) will over report anything negative associated with firearms and ignore the tens of millions of guns and owners that: did nothing wrong, harmed no one and used their firearms in a lawful manner. they certainly will not report when a firearm is used to thwart a crime, because it doesn’t fit the agenda. those of us that have dendritic expansion beyond the average know the mickey mouse media game. meanwhile i’ll continue to sign more people to the NRA.

  • Guestsfndi says:

    The turkeys have come home to roost.

    Enjoy your rights gun lovin Mericans.

  • Guest123456789 says:

    This article is about a case of negligence. I’m sure the guy didn’t mean to have a loaded shotgun there that could go off and injure people, but a person who is texting and driving or the inattentive driver who runs a red light or drifts over the center line is not intending to injure anyone either. The fact is that gun ownership is a politically charged issue and other situations that can cause injury through negligence are not. As is the case with most automobile wrecks and other “accidents,” the “accident” would not occur without someone being negligent. Fatal wrecks are not usually reported on outside of the local area and this would not be either if disarming citizens was not one of the left’s most “sacred cows.”

  • Vog46 says:

    “Every year, an average of 9,200 Americans are murdered by handguns, according to Department of Justice statistics. This does not include suicides or the tens of thousands of robberies, rapes and assaults committed with handguns. This level of violence must be stopped.”

    –Ronald Reagan, in a March 29, 1991 New York Times op-ed in support of the Brady Bill.

    Of course when people put Dem or Rep in front of something the opposition goes apoplectic.
    Funny how looking back at Reagan and his stances makes him look different eh?
    It’s kinda like people opposed to Obama Care.
    Nixon had legislation ready that created a single payer (government) insurance system. Yet today we rail against so called liberalism of Obama Care. Its a decidedly republican idea like Mass Care under Romney.
    The same political slants hold true for guns….


  • Guest12323 says:

    This is really getting out of control. I am a retired state officer with over 20 years experience handling all types of firearms. I have had a concealed handgum permit for the last 6 years and am presently awaiting for my renewal license which expired on 12-10-12. I turned in all my paperwork for the renewal 60 days prior to the expiration of my license as required by the sheriffs dept. i was informed that this was the earliest i could start the renewal process. Now I can not even go purchase a new weapon until they issue new license

  • RSimmons says:

    This would have never happened

  • DITTOS says:

    The Second Amendment

    Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto – “You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass.”

    “We did indeed know much about your preparedness. We knew that probably every second home in your country contained firearms. We knew that your country actually had state championships for private citizens shooting military rifles. We were not fools to set foot in such quicksand.” — A Japanese Admiral 15 years after VJ day on why Japan didn’t invade the US mainland after Pearl Harbor.

  • guesty says:

    A gun can prevent a person from becoming a crime victim just by possessing it. A gun can help with hand eye coordination with target shooting. Neither activity involve killing and both could save your life.
    Now car wreck are not accidents, they are wrecks. They are caused by negligence, be it not taking care of the vehicle or not paying attention to the task of driving.

  • getaclue says:

    Cars? CARS were not created to KILL. Guns were created to KILL AND ONLY KILL. A gun wont do anything other than KILL.

    99.9% of car accidents are just that, ACCIDENTS… GUN deaths were maybe .0001% accidents. You and your ilk are pathetic.

  • guesty says:

    I gun can prevent you from becoming a victim without even firing a shot. A gun can ensure you keep your freedoms. A gun can be used for target practice. None of my guns have ever killed anybody and they all have been safely fired many times.

    Calling a car wreck an accident is a misnomer. They are not accidents, they are due to a persons negligent act in someway, shape or form. Driving too fast for conditions, drinking and driving, bald tires, texting, not paying attention are all choices made.

  • Guestmmmmmmmmmmmmmm says:

    So God wants you to stop driving your Prius as well.

  • Guest-of-the-day says:

    I think you just got it.

  • longcolt says:

    your fear. accidents can and do happen. they always will, no matter how many rules you fantasize about making. people aren’t “gun nuts” because they like to hunt, shoot or collect. the name calling and devisive comments by the fringe left in this country have made the NRA stronger & solidified their cause.

  • Guest Against Guns says:

    You call carrying a loaded weapon to a gun show an accident?
    Columbine an accident?
    New Town an accident?
    Va. Tech an accident?
    The D.C. Sniper an accident?
    The list goes on and on Mr. Smith. All these individuals behind these hideous crimes took innocent peoples lives due to loaded weapons, none were accidents, or do you care to disagree?
    Further more, I don’t approve of war as a rule either as you mentioned the drones, but if it has to be, leave the weaponry to the Military or law enforcement to defend our country on that particular scale, not on a local level, or even discharged veterans.
    Get yourself a BB Gun or a Sling Shot if you have to shoot something, but make sure it’s a piece of paper with a bulls eye in the middle.
    The real eye opener has finally arrived in this country about weapons citizens own, but need not have in their possession.
    Rest assured though, that giving up any such weapons people already own, would be an impossible task by Government agencies, or recall laws, (even with registration documentation), so you can sleep well at night above all. There’s your protected rights.

  • Vog46 says:

    But our conservative Supreme Court has ruled that the 2nd amendment is for SELF defense in District of Columbia v Heller.
    Justice Scalia – along with all the other conservatives judges emphasized the self part of defense in their majority opinion. He even went so far with his comments to suggest that there already ARE restrictions on the 2nd amendment (no guns in Federal State or school buildings for example) and that restrictions on the types of guns are legal – using terms like “absolutely” and phrases like “certainly there are restrictions”.
    What bothered me about Scalia is that on Fox News he went even further saying that back “in the day” carrying head axes was prohibited because it was a large threatening weapon. It was a misdemeanor but still against the law.
    The tyranny you fear is in your head. OUR form of government has checks and balances to prevent such tyranny. We also have our standing army to prevent foreign tyranny!
    Keep in mind also that in the days of writing the Constitution the right to bear arms was critical because when called to serve the people supplied their own weapons. Gun smithing was a very slow laborious process then. The Continental Army even had to import weapons………


  • Guest461 says:

    Statistics are only numbers that are manuiplated to get a result you want to see. So lets drop the “…statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals.” and try this:

    Just when in the hell do we start “drying up” the criminals, keep them off the streets and making THEM less accessible to weapons? When the judges start enforcing laws and STOP returning criminals to society over and over again, we’ll all be better off!

    Common sense isn’t your virtue. Understanding root cause and solution to a problem isn’t either.

  • Monkey Junction says:

    Just when in the hell do we start “drying up” the criminals, keep them off the streets and making THEM less accessible to weapons? When the judges start enforcing laws and STOP returning criminals to society over and over again, we’ll all be better off!

    No offense but you comment has no basis in fact. The US has the largest prison population in the world. You seem to have an incorrect worldview and just tailor make any facts to fit your view. Trying reading more and learning more about your country.

    The incarceration rate in the United States of America is the highest in the world. As of 2009, the incarceration rate was 743 per 100,000 of national population (0.743%).[2] In comparison, Russia had the second highest, at 577 per 100,000, Canada was 123rd in the world as 117 per 100,000, and China had 120 per 100,000.[2]

  • Vog46 says:

    But I think guns should be treated like cars:
    Education (mandatory)
    Testing (Mandatory)
    Registration (Mandatory)
    Annual renewals and renewals upon sale
    Eye exams
    And mandatory insurance

    Now as far as mental health goes it is a problem when guns are involved.
    But this raises an interesting problem.
    Do we check ALL gun owners for possible mental illness? Then remove the weapons if the owner is on an anti depressant?
    Its a curious situation but it involves a third person being invvolved in the gun ownership equation.

    “This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety … While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals.”

    –Ronald Reagan, in a May 3, 1994 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, which was also signed by Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.


  • Vog46 says:

    Because we’re not a third world country, and we don’t have U.S. citizens wanting to immigrate to Mexico. (Sarah Palin wants Canadian Healthcare but that’s different)

    I’m all for harsh penalties and enforcing them. Stealing – for the second time, should be a felony – regardless of how much was stolen. But cut off the perps hand? That qualifies him for disability in today’s entitlement world – we may want to re-think that. I would propose hard labor for all criminals starting with building “The damn fence” on the Mexican border.


  • Vog46 says:

    “I don’t have a problem with proper gun training and qualification. I don’t have a problem with registration and I don’t have a problem with background checks and mental evaluations, but the remainder of your pipe dreams serve no purpose and only add even more complexity to an existing series of fully ineffective laws that already go unenforced!”

    Lets assume you are a gun owner and you now have to undergo a psych exam to maintain your ability to own a gun. You are depressed but don’t know it.
    Are you then allowed to keep your guns?
    What if you are taking meds for your affliction?
    See how this can go?
    The meds might have the warning on them “Do not drive or operate machinery while taking this medicine” – should it not include do not shoot or handle guns while taking this medicine?

    The mental health issue IS problematic – as 20% of the population is under the care of a doc for mental illness and are taking meds for them.
    I wholeheartedly agree that criminals will get guns by whatever means.
    But a responsible gun owner won’t make it easy for them…..


  • Vog46 says:

    A person who’s guns are LOCKED up suffers NOTHING if stolen. The owners insurance may or may not have to kick in
    The person who leaves home and leaves their guns unlocked gets charged.

    Of course you want to allow gunowners all sorts of indiscretions so that when they bring their loaded unlocked shot guns to the Raleigh gun show they can kill or maim anyone.
    And you wonder why the anti gun nuts go off when something like this happens?
    If Adam Lanza’s Mom knew her son was mentally challenged don’t you think it would make her be MORE careful with her guns? Maybe lock them up and hide the key? Change thelocks if in fact he was aware of where the existing keys were? Maybe move the guns until Adam was committed?
    My point about the prisons was that we ALL want “the other guy” to pay, or the other guy to be responsible – then we rail against criminals as if they were the cause of all gun violence.
    We never, NEVER point the finger of blame at ourselves. Adam Lanza should have NEVER been allowed to shoot a gun. And Mrs Lanza – should not have had that much firepower available for Adam to steal – if that is in fact what he did.
    And that idiot in Raleigh? He should be charged.
    But if you want mentally ill people to not have guns you will need to evaluate them first. Supposedly 20% of all people suffer some sort of paychological disorder – are you ready for 20% of current gun owners to be deemed unfit by a doctor?
    This subject is complex, but a comparison to cars is in fact kinda cool. A doc can restrict your driving ability without taking away your keys. Meds can affect your ability to drive reponsibly – both autos and guns can be deadly


  • Vog46 says:

    You mistook Reagans quote as my opinion.
    I agree that criminals should be incarcerated for crimes – especially those that involve guns.
    That said just who will pay for the prisons needed? For the guards? For their state pensions?
    I say let the free market make it cost prohibitive up front. Testing gets SOME stupid people away from guns.
    Registration lets the police (and judges) know who’s got guns so that if a crime is committed with a gun we have more knowledge of where that gun came from.
    Eye exams keep us old folks from owning guns when our “aim” might not be so good.
    And insurance?
    Try this. Make having an unlocked, UNATTENDED gun in your home a FELONY. Insurance required for protecting you against liability for injuries incurred during the committing of a crime where your stolen gun was used.
    Gun owners are our own worst enemies – as witnessed by this shooting in Raleigh. We do not know if Mrs Lanza had her guns locked in Newtown – but again – irresponsible gun owners should also be punished, so make it a criminal offense to have unsecured weapons unless the owner is present.
    If it’s a felony and the gun owner is convicted – then his/her right is taken away – because they are felons and the law is already on the books and tested in the courts.
    Sure put the criminals in jail as they should be.
    But gun ownership comes with responsibility. It should be taken seriously.
    At least I can see past my gun sights to look at the entire problem


  • Guest461 says:

    …with rest of the sewage. The fact is that the re-incarceration rate is even greater than than the initial lock-up rate and that doesn’t even count how many times the average criminal has been before the judge before he finally gets any substantial time.

    The problem is: We have are criminals with access to guns and mental cases with access to guns. In the vast majority, the criminals and the mental cases steal the guns or get them from the black market. Honest people aren’t out there stealing weapons and using them in crimes. Lock up the criminals, keep them there. Take away their Cable TV, workout rooms and make them perform constructive community service every day.

    A large prison population means nothing about it effectiveness, in fact it does just the opposite. When you a have large prison populations AND a high violent crime rate, that’s telling you something. Now…go do a little research on the ex-cons that continue to commit violent crime in this country…over and over again!

  • Guest461 says:

    …and try to drive it to Colorado. That makes about as much sense as the majority of your points.

    So your mentality suggests that we should allow violent criminals to go free because of money? Paying for prisons, turnkeys, pensions? If this country has enough money to provide free healthcare for those that don’t pay, free cellphones to those that don’t need them, free housing and food for those that won’t get off their duffs and absorb the cost of illegal aliens invading our country, we can sure as hell afford to keep criminals behind bars! You put them to work and strip their free benefits.

    You actually want to charge a homeowner with a felony because a thief breaks into his house and steals his weapon? You want “insurance” to protect a gun owner in the case his weapon is stolen and used in a crime? Where is your head and what could you possibly think any of these things will do to curb criminal violence with firearms? That IS the goal, right? It appears you simply don’t want guns in the hands if law abiding citizens because you insinuate they are all stupid. WRONG. More people die at the hands of educated doctors that screw up than with misplaced, mishandled and stolen firearms. Plain out stupidity is a problem, just as it is in any factor of life and it cannot be ruled out and we all know it can’t be “fixed”.

    I don’t have a problem with proper gun training and qualification. I don’t have a problem with registration and I don’t have a problem with background checks and mental evaluations, but the remainder of your pipe dreams serve no purpose and only add even more complexity to an existing series of fully ineffective laws that already go unenforced!

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the same standards as are present in some third world countries?

    First offense for stealing — 4 years hard time.

    Second offense — cut off a hand.

    Drug dealing — 6 years hard time.

    Second Offense — death penalty with no right to appeal.

    Apply the same immigration standards in this country which our citizens face if they wish to migrate to Mexico

    Apply those penalties in this country; lay in a good supply of body bags; and then wait for the whiners to appear.

  • SusanK6461 says:

    I wonder if he’s a card-carrying NRA member? I wonder how many articles they’ve published lately about gun safety and responsible gun ownership? Or is it more of the same garbage that compelled me to cancel my membership 25 years ago, about the right to own andd carry any and every firearm with no restrictions? How much money is the NRA receiving from gun manufacturers, and particularly high-capcity gun manufacturers?

  • Doesky says:

    The NRA lobby is a miniscule sliver of the money exercised by unions in the congress.

  • GuestoftheEvening says:

    All misdemeanors, no felonies, and no incarcerations, all probation. One weekend bender, and I could rack up a minor record like that one, without even trying too hard.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    they were all misdemeanors; the most recent was 12 or so years ago.

    Sadly, they do not charge you with “Stupid”. He would qualify. Carrying a loaded weapon, whether pistol or shotgun, with the safety apparently off, qualifies as First Degree Stupid.

  • Monkey Junction says:

    If only everyone had guns then this would have never happened. Hope everyone recovers quickly.

  • John says:

    I wonder how many people were killed by cars this weekend. More than you think.

  • Martin Smith says:

    You don’t seem to understand that the Second Amendment is not about protecting the right to hunt or target practice. It is about a free citizenry having the means to defend itself from an out of control government (such as the one we have now). This was an accident. President Obama’s assassination of people by unmanned drones is not an accident. Why don’t you pillory him?

  • Guest Against Guns says:

    First! My condolences go out to the “3” that were injured, but!
    It was this guys RIGHT to carry a fire arm fully loaded, to a gun show I guess, right or wrong?
    Does the law say this guy (Wilson) had the right to do this, or not???
    I suspect Not, but he felt his rights would have been violated if he were not allowed to be able to carry a loaded weapon to this show (and no), he didn’t forget to unload it either before leaving the house. Or maybe he left it loaded in case someone tried to kill him with a weapon on the way to Raleigh.
    Heads up folks! With all of these “rights” about these fire arm ownership issues coming forth, there will be an incident occur within our country soon enough, to rubber stamp someone’s belief of gun ownership in a deranged way, and kill innocent people in its wake.
    These recent news stories of people carrying a weapon(s) on their person into a store/public place to show that they have a right to do so, do they smile when watching the news when viewing citizens (idiots) in the Middle East walking around the streets toting a gun ready to drop someone at any given moment, and shooting their weapons in the air? Probably they do smile, and/or picture themselves shooting back to drop the guy in a second, and walk away a hero. Then someone drops him because the domino effect has then taken hold.
    For those of you that hunt, if our Government took away your weapons, and said if you wanted that deer meat, you would have to poison that deer, or any hunted animal to get it, would you give up hunting? Probably, because it’s not the humane way! Man has always got to have the upper hand, and a gun will secure that feeling of the humane way it seems, doesn’t it?

  • Guestin says:

    No it wasnt a shotgun it was a pistol i was ten feet away and it about shot me and my dad.
    I was there so im sorry your info is wrong.

  • GuestUSMC says:

    As pro gun as I am, it is simple idiots like this that should be barred from owning a firearm.

  • Vog46 says:

    And the family shooting in New Mexico with an AR-15 and the anti gun crowd has plenty to talk about.
    Good grief


  • romeoechodelta says:

    Forget something on that safety check there, pal?

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