Woman Asks For Demonstration at Gun Show . . . Dealer Then Shoots Her In Thigh

300px-380_ACP_-_FMJ_-_SB_-_2Geoffrey Hawk may soon have the reputation of gun displays that are a tad too realistic for customers after he accidentally shot a customer while displaying a gun for sale. Hawk, 44, could be criminally charged for the shooting.

Hawk was at the Eagle Arms Gun show (on its face a bad interspecies mix) when he showed Krista Gearhart, 25, a concealed-carry wallet holster to the woman, Krista Gearhart, 25, when the semiautomatic .380 went off and shot her in the thigh.

He has an interesting defense: he claims that he racked the gun previously to guarantee that it was unloaded but had left the gun on the counter while doing a background check on another customer (yes, finally proof that background checks can kill). He suggested that someone may have walked up and strangely loaded the gun and then left it there. Seems a bit implausible but I have never gone to such shows.

If someone did load that weapon, it does not necessary excuse the negligence of Hawk but does implicate that person as well if there are any videotapes of the areas.

Gearhart is being remarkably generous about the ordeal and says that she feels sorry for Hawk.

I understand the recklessness allegation but I still have great trepidation over using the criminal code in such cases of obviously negligence. This clearly should be a matter that puts permits in danger and certainly can lead to civil liability though Gearhart seems disinclined to blame Hawk. Accidents do happen and we have licensing and civil liability systems to handle the repercussions. The steady criminalization of our society raises serious questions of how it is changing our relationship to each other and the state.

Source: Seattle Times

72 thoughts on “Woman Asks For Demonstration at Gun Show . . . Dealer Then Shoots Her In Thigh”

  1. Live by the sword… get cut by the sword.
    You don’t always have to die by that sword.

    Thank goodness Krista Gearhart is alive and hopefully can fully recover. I hope she can gleam some hindsight from this incident… As for Geoffrey Hawk, I hope he’s more than willing to cooperate with the settlement, fully.

  2. Nick Spinelli
    Dogs eat road kill, garbage and shit. WTF are you trying to kid?
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    Nick Spinelli
    Anger is sometimes a sign of depression.
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    yup

  3. Speaking of friends, George Zimmerman isn’t a friend of the judge in his NBC trial. HIs case was thrown out. How about that corruption? I wonder how much she was paid. Every person in the country was exposed to Zimmerman’s phone conversation being edited for “liberal” television. If this isn’t defamation, defamation doesn’t exist.

    This was false, fabricated, deliberate, directed, malicious with intent to damage.

    The tape made it seem as though Zimmerman had said of Martin: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

    In fact, Zimmerman had said: “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” When the dispatcher asked if he was, black, white or Hispanic, Zimmerman replied: “He looks black.”

    From this level to the SCOTUS, this corrupt, biased, subjective and ideological adjudication with impunity has to be addressed with immediacy and extreme prejudice.

    Heinous.

    P.S. The President thinks there is crack cocaine in his food.

    I believe the President.

  4. Dogs eat road kill, garbage and shit. WTF are you trying to kid?

  5. Eric
    As a soldier, I always found Navy to be odd. Just a very different culture and business model. Marines I understood. Different culture, but like us in every practical way that mattered. Corpsmen I got, too. You can’t undervalue a medic.
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    for some of us the idea of sleeping in a mud filled hole eating foil wrapped cardboard was kind of a game changer.

  6. As a soldier, I always found Navy to be odd. Just a very different culture and business model. Marines I understood. Different culture, but like us in every practical way that mattered. Corpsmen I got, too. You can’t undervalue a medic.

  7. Karen S: “I could be wrong, but I do not think your service rifle follows you when you switch duty stations.”

    Right. The weapon is owned by the Army and belongs to the unit, not the soldier. The weapon is assigned. The soldier takes care of his assigned weapon with love, like he owns it, and is fully responsible for it when it’s in his care. But when he leaves the unit, the weapon stays with the unit and is assigned to the next new soldier to the unit. It’s all good, though, because the soldier is assigned a weapon at his next unit and begins a new loving relationship.

    In my opinion you don’t necessarily need to own a gun to be “gun people”. I don’t own a gun, but I’m familiar handling firearms and comfortable with the idea of them.

  8. Annie,
    my son was very grateful to have his Navy “friend” with his unit in Afghanistan.

  9. Some sailors such as FMF Hospital Corpsmen as is my daughter, get attached to Marine units, wear the Marine uniform and carry big guns when they are deployed with the Marines.

    1. I am not sure, but I thought it was generally against the Geneva Convention for corpsmen to be armed.

      1. What?! Not hardly. My daughter and all Corpsman carried a pistol and a rifle, which they were required to carry at all times on base, even moreso off base. Did you even bother looking at the Leatherneck article I posted? Good grief.

        1. Annie – I read the links you post about other things, but not about your family.

  10. Paul:

    As long as you have John Wayne watching over you, all’s good.

  11. Porkchop – loved hearing about the workings of the Navy. If I was in the water (having been thrown overboard for being seasick) I would want some armed spotters to keep away sharks. I HATED the movie Jaws. Great movie but ruined my love of swimming in the ocean for a while.

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