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Pro-Gun Oklahoma Lawmaker Accidentally Shoots Fellow Hunter

| by Michael Allen

Oklahoma State Rep. Steve Vaughn (R) recently expressed remorse about accidentally shooting a fellow hunter last month.

One of Vaughn's shotgun pellets reportedly struck Drew Ihrig, but it wasn't fatal or serious.

TalkingPointsMemo.com notes that Ihrig was not angry about the accident.

There were also several other hunters present during the pheasant hunt at the Bluestem Hunting Reserve near Perry, Okla.

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“I said, ‘You know, everybody’s shooting, [and] I don’t know that it was me, per se, but I would say it probably would have been because the bird did go that direction and I did shoot that direction,’” Vaughn told The Oklahoman.

“I’m a safety guy,” added Vaughn. “Gosh, I’m as safety as I can be. I was so mad at myself for even thinking about shooting the bird in this direction where I knew he was down in there.”

“We’ve been doing this for 15 years," stated Verl Brorsen, who owns the reserve. "We’ve had over 4,000 people come through. First time anybody has been injured."

"There’s really no proof that he was the one that fired the pellet that ended up there, there was other people shooting, too," added Brorsen. "He’s a stand-up guy and took responsibility.”

Vaughn has written two pro-gun bills, the "Make My Day" law, giving more rights to company owners and employees to use deadly force, and another bill that called for a "Second Amendment Day" in Oklahoma.

Sources: The Oklahoman and TalkingPointsMemo.com