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

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Two Oklahoma boys get hold of loaded revolver in home; one injured

Two boys, ages 10 or 11, were in a home in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma, when they entered a closet where a .22-caliber revolver was kept by the father of one of the boys.  The gun was otherwise unsecured.  A bullet was still in the chamber, and the boys discharged it, injuring one boy in the hand and hip.  He is expected to survive.

From an article and news video:
Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson said the parents thought the gun was empty. It was up in a closet when a 10 or 11-year-old got a hold of it and started pulling the trigger, not knowing there was a bullet inside the chamber. 
FOX23 reached out to the families of both kids. They declined to comment, only saying the boys are close friends and this was an accident. 
Pearson says it's an accident they see a lot of with families that have guns in the home. He said the boy was playing with a .22-caliber revolver. Pearson said the father told him he thought he dumped the bullets out of the gun. However, one bullet remained. The bullet went through the victim's hand and lodged in his hip. Deputies are ruling this as an accident. 
Pearson is advising people to double check their weapons to make sure they're unloaded but also says they should put a lock on the weapon.
Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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