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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

4-year old Alaskan boy fires rifle from car, hitting hardware store

A 4-year old child in Wrangle, Alaska, was able to access a loaded 30-06 rifle in a car in a hardware store parking lot.  He discharged the gun, and the round hit the business, going through the wall and into racks of hardware before stopping.  Luckily, no one was injured.

From an article:

According to Wrangell Police Department Lieutenant Merlin Ehlers, officers responded to the store at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a single round was discharged from a vehicle parked in front of the business. Ehlers said a child who had been left unattended fired the round from what he called a “large caliber hunting rifle.” 
According to WPD chief Doug McCloskey, the child involved is 4 years old.
The bullet traveled through at least four inches of wood flooring, entered a box containing more than 30 feet of plastic bilge tubing and came to rest between three layers of cardboard. 
Police have not released the name of the driver of the vehicle, though McCloskey added that the department has referred the case to prosecutors for possible charges. 
Although the store was open for business and shoppers were inside there were no injuries reported.

The article didn't say whether an adult was present in the car at the time.

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

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