Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

8th-grade Baltimore boy brought grandfather's gun to school

An 8th-grade boy found his grandfather's unsecured handgun and brought it to school with him.  School officials were able to get the gun away from him.

The grandfather is being charged for violating Maryland's child access protection law, which requires safe storage of firearms around children.

From an article:
In an article posted August 31 on Baltimore County NOW at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/news , Johnson wrote, “Regardless of our opinions about guns and gun control, we ought to be able to agree on this: The consequences of not securing firearms in the home can be disastrous.”

At the press briefing today, Johnson displayed several guns of the type that the Stemmers Run student took to class – all smaller than a cell phone. He also displayed the simple, inexpensive locking mechanisms that gun owners can use to prevent guns from being used improperly.
“The teachable moment here is, ‘Lock your weapons up,’” Johnson said.
Students and teachers say the incident happened during class change and was a result of a fight between a few students that happened on Monday. Students at the school say there was a fight Tuesday morning in a hallway that may have been related to that previous incident, and word was that someone had a gun.
As a result, Stemmers Run Middle School was placed on lockdown and the Baltimore County Police Department was called to the scene. Officials say no one was injured.
A female teacher reportedly saw the eighth-grade student with the gun and wrestled it out of the student's hands.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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