One of Colorado’s largest gun shows is the scene of chaos and controversy after a negligent discharge landed a vendor in handcuffs and his co-worker in the hospital on Saturday.
The shooting occurred in the afternoon on Saturday, one of the busiest times for the gun show and the crowd had quite a worried response.
“I didn’t know if there was an explosion in the building, it was that loud … ”
This according to a woman who didn’t wish to be identified by the press, but said she was standing at the booth where the shooting took place as it happened.
“I instantly hit the ground. I didn’t know you know,” Gun Show attendee Jason Rovida said. Jason stated that he did not know what was happening at the time. He said he was just one isle over from where the shooting happened.
As for the man who was shot, he was rushed to a local hospital with a bullet wound in his leg. He is expected to make a full recovery from his injury.
However, the shooter’s fate is not known at this time. Reports stated that the vendor whose gun went off while he was setting up a display at the show was in handcuffs after the incident. At the time of writing of this article, there have been no updates as to charges that he may face.
Now the main question that people are asking is “How could this happen?” For those who have attended the Tanner Show in the past, they are sure to have seen the MULTIPLE signs plastered around the event that specifically state that there are to be no loaded guns at the expo. However, as we all know just because there are rules in place doesn’t mean that they’ll be adhered to. Perhaps it needs to be on those in charge of the event to have a closer eye on the following of the rules.
This is, after all, not the first time such an incident has occurred at the Tanner Gun Show. There have been 2 other negligent discharges in the past decade at Tanner. One in 2008 which resulted in a self-inflicted gut shot and another of a man shooting someone in the torso in 2010.
It is clear that the problem of negligent discharges persists at the Tanner Gun Show and each time an incident such as this occurs it not only ends up with a needlessly injured victim but it also unleashes a load of rhetoric that anti-gunners can and do use against pro-gun folks. So what to do to fix it? Perhaps that is a question to which the Tanner Gun Show will finally come out with an answer.
What do you think of this story? What, in your opinion, is the best course of action that the Tanner Gun Show should take going forward? Let us know in the comments below.