Prosecutor won’t file charge in gun show shooting

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Submitted: Tue, 01/22/2013 - 9:04pm
Updated: Wed, 01/23/2013 - 3:15am

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said Tuesday he can find no law that was broken in an accidental shooting last weekend at the NC State Fairgrounds that left three hurt.

He said no charges will be filed.

Officials said the shooting happened when 36-year-old Gary Lynn Wilson, of Wilmington, brought a loaded shotgun in a case to a security checkpoint at The Dixie Gun and Knife Show Saturday.

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  • Das Weibstück says:

    Isn’t carting a loaded gun onto state owned property illegal? If not it should be. Geeez now the fair and gun show will get sued and this twit will walk away free and clear.

  • Guest Against Guns says:

    It was accidental that he accidentally left the gun loaded with the safety off by accident, and accidentally forgot to tell anyone that he accidentally forgot to unload it and left the safety off ahead of time, accidentally all the way around :-(
    Oh Accidents, can’t live with them & can’t live without them.
    Isn’t it fortunate for Wilson that no law maker envisioned that this could happen? This shows it can and will happen.
    Yes, Wilson needs “all medical bills” from the injured parties delivered by UPS right to his door, with a lawyer attached to them.

  • Guesttoo says:

    Where did you read that the Raleigh Fairground is not holding any more gun shows?

    I did read that private gun sales at the show were banned, following the accidental shooting, but it hadn’t been decided whether that would be a permenent ban or not.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    The N&O

  • Vog46 says:

    No gun sales or no PRIVATE gun sales?
    (I believe there is a difference)


  • longcolt says:

    that the N&O said this?

  • Vog46 says:

    I believe they are granted a special use permit for a sales oriented event.
    That said – you stated this:
    “Much of the Outer Banks is “National Seashore,” and firearms are prohibited in those areas.”

    Is this a NATIONAL PARK? If so the Obama administration now allows carrying in the park system. SO is this a national park?
    Is that right? Anyone?


  • Das Weibstück says:

    In North Carolina there is no State law specifically prohibiting the open carry of firearms. Under the theory that if it isn’t specifically prohibited it’s not illegal, open carry is possible. There are some glaring exceptions to this. They are:

    ~Private property owners and businesses can post “no guns.”
    ~Firearms are strictly prohibited on state-owned property, except rest areas and state lands where hunting is permitted.
    ~Local governments can (and do) enact prohibitions against “display of firearms” in cities and/or specific areas within cities or counties, which means they can’t be visible. Under this statute there is absolutely no requirement for the city or county to post notice of the display ban.
    ~Local governments can (and do) enact firearms bans on local government property and in parks and recreational areas.
    ~Any federally-owned property or federally-regulated property like banks and Post Offices is of course a prohibited area.
    ~Much of the Outer Banks is “National Seashore,” and firearms are prohibited in those areas.
    So guns are illegal on state owned property, so why are the gun shows allowed there at all? Would like to know this. Anyone?

  • Tracie C says:

    Are you KIDDING me???? Three people got hurt and have to spend their hard earned money on medical bills because of this man’s DISREGARD for safety as a gun owner yet he gets NOTHING?????
    Seriously, every time I read a judicial decision in this friggin state I can’t help but think vigilante justice will be the future norm.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    he said no criminal charges.

    He has no authority in denying the injured their rights to sue for damages.

    Why do you think the Fairgrounds announced no more gun shows.

    Don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions.

  • Guest123234 says:

    This DA is not an idiot. You just can not make up a statute to suit your needs.Civil matter could be a separate issue against gun owner or location that held event. Why are people on this site so dense!!!!

  • Brian says:

    I am big on being allowed to own guns. I think he needs to be charged. If anything else reckless endangerment. People need to see that even though you are allowed to own guns you cant get away with certain things. This person knew he was bringing this gun to a public event and should have made sure that all his weapons were unloaded. In fact if i am correct it is illegal in NC to transport loaded Rifle and Shotguns in the first place. Even owning a gun you are responsible for that weapon and need to be held accountable for things like this.

  • C B Lewis says:

    Wilson should have enough since to check his gun to be sure it is not loaded. When you are going into a place with all these people. How stupid can a person be to take a loaded gun in a place like this. This man dose not need a gun period.

  • Guest7969 says:

    You scare me.

  • doesky says:

    Ohhhhhh….what a scintillating comment.

  • GuestMan. says:

    He must be a member of the NRA.

  • Das Weibstück says:

    I guess the local cops have so much wiggle room on these laws its up to them. Maybe making clearer laws would help.

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