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Weapon accidently fired at gun show in Hastings

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Hastings Star Gazette
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Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

During a gun show Saturday afternoon at the National Guard armory in Hastings, a handgun was accidently fired. Nobody was injured.

During the show, a vendor was showing a customer a handgun. The customer asked the vendor how to disassemble or field strip the weapon. The vendor inserted his magazine and ended up accidentally loading a round into the chamber.

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When he went to strip down the weapon, he had to pull the trigger. He pointed the gun at the floor, pulled the trigger, and a shot rang out.

An on-duty Hastings police officer had happened to come by the show and immediately took a report.

Nobody has been cited in the incident, but Hastings Chief of Police Paul Schnell said that the matter remains under investigation.

Promoters rented out the space at the armory. The event was not affiliated with the National Guard.

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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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