Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s gun malfunctioned before he could get a shot off at an antelope hunting contest in Wyoming on Sunday, according to a local ABC News affiliate.
“The Vice President is an excellent shot,” the captain of Cheney’s hunting team said. “He had a gun malfunction. But I think he is so excited and enjoyed this so much. He'll be back next year."
Cheney blamed “a small problem with the manufacturer.”
“I don't take it personally,” he said. “I'm sure there was a small problem with the manufacturer. But I will be back next year and I have enjoyed it, it's been fantastic. It's great to spend so much time with some fine folks.”
In the ABC News report, one of the captains of a competing team ribbed Cheney, saying that “the good news is that his gun didn’t work and nobody got hurt.”
In 2006, Cheney injured one of his quail hunting partners when he accidentally shot him in the face, neck and chest. The man suffered a heart attack during the incident but survived.
In the One Shot Antelope Hunt competition, each hunter gets one shot to kill an antelope. The team with the highest success rate wins. At the event, Cheney raised $26,000 for a wildlife non-profit.