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

Saturday, October 13, 2012

3-year old Michigan boy shoots self in mouth with father's gun

A Pontiac, Michigan man, who is a law-abiding gun owner with a conceal carry permit, left a loaded, unsecured .40-caliber handgun under his bed where his 3-year old son could access it.  The boy found it and shot himself in the mouth.

No charges have been filed.  The boy is expected to recover.

From an article:
"The initial statements made to deputies indicated that the victim was playing in his parent’s bedroom where he found his father’s handgun and accidentally shot himself in the mouth," sheriff's officials say. "A 40-caliber Glock kept in holster under the bedroom is normally locked. The father was moving things out of the room and forgot to lock the bedroom back up." 
The child's 35-year-old father has a concealed pistol license, no criminal history and has cooperated with law enforcement. 
"Evidence on gun and injuries are consistent with accidental shooting," Oakland County sheriff's officials said. "The child will recover and has been transferred to Children’s Hospital in Detroit for further treatment."
(a related article and video)

The boy has lost some teeth and has other damage to the inside of his mouth and face, but luckily will survive his injuries.

Two other siblings, ages 5 and 6, were also home at the time.

The father will likely lose his gun permit, and may face child neglect charges.

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.

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