Two people were injured when a gun discharged before the opening of the Lewis Clark Trader Gun Show at Expo Idaho on Oct. 31.
Robert C. Turner, who reportedly was trying to secure the gun when it went off, was charged Feb. 3 with misdmeanor careless handling and discharge of a firearm, according the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and online court records. If found guilty, he faces a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
It was the second time in three years that someone was injured at a gun show at Expo Idaho. In January, Ada County Commissioners put a moratorium on gun shows at the site until policies and procedures can reviewed.
Sheriff’s investigators said Turner, a 74-year-old gun vendor from Washington, was securing a Savage Arms B Mag .17-caliber bolt-action rifle with a plastic zip tie when the weapon discharged. There was a shell in the rifle, and he mistakenly fired it.
The bullet went through a cardboard box, two table covers and a metal cane, then struck the leg of the 51-year-old holding the cane and the leg of a 64-year-old man standing nearby. The victims were taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries described as not life-threatening.
Turner’s arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.