New Cody gunfight regulations designed to prevent accidents

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CODY, Wyo. - New guidelines have been developed for the popular summertime Cody gunfight shows in response to an accident that left three spectators wounded during a performance last year.

The new guidelines developed by Cody Police Chief Chuck Baker require a site safety manager, who will be responsible for all weapons and blank ammunition used during performances.

The safety manager also will issue the blank rounds and account for all rounds after the show.

Baker told the Cody Enterprise that performers will be subjected to background checks.

Last July, three spectators, including a 3-year-old child, were wounded by live rounds fired by a performer. No more shows were held the rest of the year after the incident. They will resume this summer under the new guidelines if the city council approves.