Gun appreciation day backfires

FIREARM shows have proven particularly dangerous after a spate of accidental shooters injured at least five people.

USA Today reported , three were injured at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in North California when a 12-gauge shotgun went off as its owner tried to show it to police who were doing security checks.

Two were bystanders and the retired deputy sheriff copped an injured hand.

Meanwhile in Indiana, a 54-year-old man was injured after accidentally shooting himself as he left the show.

Loaded personal weapons were not allowed into the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show where this happened.

In Ohio, a gun dealer was inspecting a newly-purchased semi-automatic handgun when it fired.

The gun's magazine was removed but at least one round remained in the chamber, injuring his friend.

Police believe the bullet struck the floor before hitting the friend's leg and arm.

The United States is in the midst of a divisive debate about how best to stem the rate of gun-related violence following a mass school shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 28 dead


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