Accidental Shooting at Gun Show Marks Gun Appreciation Day

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In an accident with uncanny timing, two people were injured at a gun show in Raleigh, North Carolina, when someone's gun went off after they accidentally left a round in the chamber while presenting it to a law enforcement officer to check at the entrance of the event.* Saturday happens to be Guns Across America, during which gun-rights activists protest gun control at state capitols. It's also Gun Appreciation Day, which apparently consists of gun enthusiasts shooting guns and going to gun shows, but with more American flags than usual. "Beware of media traps," the Gun Appreciation Day website warns, because what you have to fear at events like this is the media, not the questionably handled firearms.

*This story has been updated to clarify the nature of the check at the entrance to the event, which was initially misidentified as a storage check-in.