At least five people were injured in accidental shootings at gun shows as pro-gun supporters celebrated 'gun appreciation day' on Saturday.
The biggest incident took place at North Carolina's Dixie Gun and Knife Show where three people were injured after gunfire rang when a 12-gauge shotgun accidentally discharged when the owner presented the gun to be checked at a security point.
Joel Keith, chief of police of the North Carolina State Fair, told CNN that a 54-year-old woman was being treated at a local hospital for a wound to her right torso and a 50-year-old man was treated for an injured left hand.
A sheriff's deputy was also injured in the hand but was treated and released at a local hospital.
Witness Daniel Peadan told local NBC station WNCN that he heard a loud pop by the entrance to the fair, "The people right there at the door, a lot of them ran ... They scattered because it was chaotic."
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Two others were injured at gun shows in Ohio and Indiana as rallies were held in 49 states to celebrate 'Guns Across America'.
Pro-gun enthusiasts held the rallies in response to the White House's recent pushes for tighter gun control in the wake of a series of horrifying shootings, including the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut where 20 children and 6 adults were killed.
In Ohio, one man is in stable condition in the hospital after being shot by his business partner at a gun show, said Medina police Chief Patrick Berarducci.
CNN reports that the original owner of the Taurus semi-automatic 9 mm handgun used in the shooting brought the firearm into the show fully loaded.
In Indianapolis, state police said a 54-year-old man was loading his .45 caliber semi-automatic gun when he shot himself in the hand, reports NBC.