According to KnoxNews.com,
KNOXVILLE — A vendor at the Knoxville Gun & Knife Show shot himself in the hand while attempting to show off his personal weapon Sunday, according to the police.
Bill Adams, 44, of Kodak, was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries following the incident, which was reported at 2:39 p.m., according to Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk.
Adams, a licensed vendor at the event in the Jacob Building on Magnolia Avenue, apparently was showing his personal concealed weapon — a Kimber .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun — to a customer when the weapon discharged, DeBusk said.
Adams had removed the gun’s magazine, but one round was still in the chamber, DeBusk said.
An investigation into the incident is continuing.
More details as they develop online and in Monday’s News Sentinel.
We all know accidents happen – they are going to happen, even at gun shows. Whenever human involvement is present, there is the chance of human error, somehow, someway. Still, there is really no excuse for a vendor shooting himself in the hand at a gun show with his personal carry gun.
First, it should have been completely unloaded prior to the show. Second, even when unloaded, you never point the gun at something you do not wish to destroy. Does this second rule go by the wayside at gun shows? Unfortunately. To attend a gun show means you willingly and impliedly grant others an exception in covering you – because of several considerations – there are tons of idiots at the gun shows…there is little room at gun shows…there is a lot of confusion at gun shows…the list goes on and on.
But, what was this vendor doing with this gun that it would be pointed at his support hand while pulling the trigger?
Perhaps this fits into the “idiots at the gun show” category? Maybe not. Since the facts are thin, it’s really hard to say. In the end, I just can’t think of any reason one hand would be pulling the trigger and the other hand is in the line of fire.