If you’ve really got to own a gun, and you have kids in the house, be safe and smart with it.
Police are deciding whether or not to charge parents after their son found a forgotten gun and shot himself. The boy found the .25-caliber European semi-automatic handgun in a box in a closet in their home.
“A few years ago, they moved, and [the gun] was stored in the closet. The mother never checked it, never fired it,” according to a spokesperson.
FYI: Florida law prohibits a person from leaving a loaded firearm where a minor might have access to it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 17 states have child firearm access protection and safe-storage laws. The CDC says three children per day, on average, died in accidental incidents in the United States from 2000 to 2005, the last year data are available. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says that 34 percent of children in the United States live in homes with at least one firearm, so people have to be aware.