'via Blog this'"I want to emphasize that this was an accident," Keith said. "At the time, no employee, no officer had inspected that gun."
No decision has been made about whether any charges will be filed against the gun owner, who was identified as Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, authorities said. The investigation has been turned over to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.
The show, which is held inside the Jim Graham Building, closed for the remainder of the day but will continue Sunday without private gun sales. Authorities said no personal guns will be allowed on the property. Only guns sold by licensed dealers and vendors will be allowed.
The policy is in place for Sunday, the last day of the show, but won't necessarily be permanent, Keith said. Officials said they will review procedures to determine whether any changes need to be made.
The Dixie Gun and Knife Show has taken place at the fairgrounds for more than 30 years with an excellent track record for safety, officials said.
"If we thought that it was a problem or a hazard or was dangerous, we would not have this show," Keith said. "Let's keep in mind this was an accident, and I'm sure nobody hates this more than the guy that has this weapon."