Brown was the last person to handle the gun, though he apparently did not own it. He is being charged with reckless endangerment.
From the article:
Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman, said the department is using the incident to remind residents to safely secure any registered weapons.
“We always say if you are a home owner and own a weapon, make sure it’s in a safe position, somewhere a child cannot get a hold of it,” Copeland said. “In this case, we don’t know all the circumstances behind it, but for those who are gun owners, it’s a wake-up call to make sure you have your weapons secure.”How about not having a gun in the home with a child?
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.
UPDATE (4/12/12): The 6-year old boy victim's name is Amari Markel-Purrel Perkins.