Second man charged in firearm discharge at Salem gun show.

July 22nd, 2009 at 22:26

Second man charged after Salem gun show

Police say a gun dealer misled the investigator who was looking into a firearm discharge.

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Police have charged a second man in the weekend gun show incident that injured one person at the Salem Civic Center.

David Jack Gold, 74, a gun dealer from Bland, is charged with obstruction of justice and recklessly handling a firearm, both misdemeanors, according to Salem police. He was replacing the stock on his military-style antique rifle with his friend, Thomas Raymond Allen, 53, when the gun accidentally went off and shot a wall, spraying concrete that injured Allen’s face, police said. He was treated at Lewis-Gale Medical Center and released the same day.

Lt. Mike Green said Gold gave the investigator handling the case misleading information about what had happened.

“This information caused the investigator to initially focus his attention elsewhere,” Green said. He said he could not go into detail.

Gold could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Gold could face up to two years in prison or a $5,000 fine or both if convicted. Allen was charged with a misdemeanor count of recklessly handling a firearm and could face up to 12 months in jail or a $2,500 fine or both if convicted.

Robert Steven Elliott, president of C&E Gun Shows, the event promoter, said Gold had been participating as a gun dealer in his show for 25 years. Dealers sign a contract that states they are not to have loaded guns in their booths and they are responsible for the actions of people behind their table, he said.

A security officer from C&E Gun Shows checked weapons at the entrance to make sure visitors were not bringing in loaded guns, Elliott said. But the company requires table holders to have their weapons unloaded and to place tags on them before the event gets started.

The company will host another gun show at the civic center in September. Gold has been barred from the show and C&E’s upcoming events, Elliott said.

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