Gun Show Discharge: changes to future security up in the air

Gun Show Discharge: changes to future security up in the air
(Source: KAUZ)
(Source: KAUZ)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Business carried on as usual Sunday at the Wichita Falls Gun and Knife Show just a day after an accidental discharge of a firearm injured three people.

Newschannel 6 spoke to event organizer, Joe Tom White about possible changes in safety and security that could come following this weekend's events.

"We don't know what's going to change whether it's going to be more security or it's going to be increased costs," he said.

White said security measures have kept an incident like this from happening at the MPEC for 16 years.

"It's just sometimes something falls through the crack," White said.

White said next week there will be meetings with Spectra Venue Management, which has taken over the MPEC, to discuss the show and what, if any, changes will come in the future.

"We're going to meet next week to find out what they want to be done, and then what we're going to do to comply," White said.

For vendor Gayla Smith, this was her first Gun and Knife Show. A nurse by trade, Smith jumped into action when she heard the discharge Saturday morning.

"From a distance, I heard someone (say) call 911. So, I went from exhibitor to my nursing role and was able to render aid to one of the victims," Smith said.

While the incident did cause concern for that morning, Smith said something like that could happen anywhere.

"I've looked at the situation and I feel that the safeguards are all in place. It was just a very unfortunate (and) poor choice by a vendor, not by the exhibit hall itself," she said.

The vendor responsible for the discharge was ejected from the show Saturday morning. White said this vendor will no longer be allowed at Wichita Falls Gun and Knife Shows in the future.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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