On Black Friday at a gun show in Billings, Montana, two people were injured when a vendor’s loaded bolt-action rifle discharged. The gun show had signs posted that said no loaded guns were allowed in the building, and that all guns must be safety checked. Apparently, the rifle that accidentally discharged had been loaded with at least one bullet.
The Charlotte Observer reported that when the rifle at the Billings, Montana gun show went off, a man and a girl were injured. Captain Bill Michaelis of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office said that the rifle discharged on Friday at the gun show when “a vendor was showing the gun to somebody.”
The Missoulian reported that at about 2:40 p.m., on Black Friday, the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene at the Montana Pavilion. Michaelis said the rifle was pointed at the ground when it went off, leaving a divot in the concrete floor.
Emergency personnel at the scene treated the man for an injury to his hand, at a vendor’s table. The Helena Independent Record reported that his injury was relatively minor, not requiring a trip to the hospital.
The girl who was injured was treated outside of the pavilion in the parking lot for an arm injury. She was hit by shrapnel when the gun discharged. She was transported to a local hospital “by an adult,” where she received additional treatment. The girl’s age and the severity of her injury was not released by the authorities.
Captain Michaelis said the are no pending charges related to the incident. However, deputies took the bolt-action rifle “as evidence.”
The Helena Independent Record reported that others working at the gun show “declined to speak about what happened.” The gun show’s promoter, Brian Kjensmo, spoke over the phone, saying that he had “no comment” to make “at this time.”
When a vendor’s bolt-action rifle discharged during a gun show in Billings, Montana, on Black Friday, two people at the vendor’s table were injured. Neither was injured by a bullet, as the rifle had been pointed at the concrete floor of the Pavilion, where the gun show was held. The man and girl who were injured were hit by shrapnel or concrete from the floor. The man received a minor hand injury, while the girl’s arm was struck by shrapnel.
By John Samuels
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