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Beer cans take bullet in accidental shooting


An accidental discharge of a firearm happened Monday at the Tree’s RV Park general store, but only a couple beer cans were harmed, according to owner Larry Dunham.

“Shot a hole in a couple of cans of beer, and then went into the floor, so it was just accidental,” he said. “No terrorists. Nobody was trying to shoot anybody.”

Dunham said the Alaska State Troopers were immediately

notified and would be dealing with any repercussions of the incident. Dunham didn’t know whether there would even be a

citation involved or not. He wasn’t there when the incident occurred, but he also said nothing like this had ever happened before.

“A regular customer came in and had a sidearm. He was showing another person the sidearm and it discharged,” Dunham said. “It was pointed at the floor when it went off.”

Alaska is an open carry state, and Dunham said the general store often has customers carrying firearms for personal protection on trips out the road.

“For bear protection and stuff like that,” he said. “You don’t see much of it downtown, but we see it fairly frequent out here because people are going into the woods.”


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