A 23-year-old Mountain Home man who suffered serious eye injury from flying shrapnel after a gun discharged at the Fort Boise Gun Show Saturday is expected to regain vision in his eye, according to the organizer of the event.
"They saved his eye," Arnold Burr of Ee-Da-How Longrifles Gun Club said.
The man's name has not been released. The Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating. As of Sunday, they had not found any criminal violations, so no charges or citations are expected, said sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden.
Someone attending gun show at Expo Idaho in Garden City picked up a gun that was part of a vendor's display, and it discharged into a display case. The bullet struck two other guns, sending fragments into shoppers. One person suffered minor injuries to his arm and was treated at the scene; the other man was taken to the hospital for treatment of his eye.
Burr said he's been running the gun show for 19 years, and this is the worst accident that's ever happened. He said there are always signs all over the gun show, warning people that loaded weapons are not permitted.
The loaded handgun involved in the incident came from a shop in Eastern Idaho.
"He's been doing my gun show for over 16 years and never had an accident," said Burr, declining to name the gun seller. "It's an ongoing investigation to find out where, why and how it go there. Nobody knows."
Burr said the club carries a $2 million liability policy in the case of accidents.