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OK: Pro-gun lawmaker admits to accidental shooting at Oklahoma reserve

April 3, 2014

From NewsOK.com

A state representative who has authored pro-gun legislation is taking the blame for the accidental shooting of a hunter a month ago in northern Oklahoma.
 
“I just felt horrible about it. I just was sick,” said Rep. Steve Vaughan, 55, who was shooting at a pheasant with a 12-gauge shotgun.
 
Another hunter, Drew Ihrig, was hit in the side of the head by a single shotgun pellet about the size of a BB.
 
The pheasant hunt was at the Bluestem Hunting Reserve north of Perry.
 
Vaughan admits he shouldn’t have fired.
 
“A bird got up and flew between us, oh, probably 50 yards away,” he said. “I shot at the bird and, I guess, one of my BBs hit this guy.
 
“It could have bounced off a tree. He was in some trees. I really didn’t see him that good in the trees. And...it hit the side of his face. I didn’t even know I hit him.
 
“A 12-gauge (shell) has like 500 BBs ... so they’re going in every different direction when they go out of there, so, son of a gun, one of them hit him,” Vaughan said.

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