Dec 28, 1975: Audience Member Aims Gun at Ted Nugent

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It’s certainly one of those events they’ll never forget.

On December 28, 1975, an audience member, David Gelfer, aimed a .44 magnum pistol at Ted Nugent during a Spokane, WA concert. Gelfer is immediately taken to the ground by members of the audience and security guards and charged with intimidating with a weapon. Few other details appear about the incident.

Nugent was on tour to support his self-titled debut album.

Perhaps it was the precipitating event that led Nugent to become an avid first Amendment supporter and, we would think it safe to say, firearms freak. What would have been the 25-year-old Gelfer’s motivation to shoot the then-27-year-old Nugent?

Nugent has been on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association since 1995.

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