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Gun shop owner urges parents to educate children on firearm safety

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SUMMERVILLE, SC -

Just days after a 3-year-old boy allegedly shot his 8-month-old sister in the stomach, gun shop owners are urging parents to be careful with guns.

Eric Brown, who works at the ATP Gun Shop and Range in Summerville, said that education is the most important thing parents can do when they have a gun in the home with young children.

"You don't want them picking up a loaded firearm and not knowing what it's going to do, thinking it's like a video game," Brown said.

He said that many families come into the gun shop to by a firearm. Whether it's for play or for protection, Brown said that parents have to train their children to realize how careful they have to be around a gun.

"Start training them immediately about gun safety," he said. "[Tell them] that we always treat a gun like it's loaded."

In addition to being open with children about guns, Brown recommends that parents always have the gun stored. Brown said the best way to keep the gun away from children is to purchase a gun vault. Many of the vaults require parents to type in a code to open the safe.

Another way parents can protect children from the possible dangers of a gun is to have a magazine lock. The locks keep someone from being able to load a magazine of bullets into the firearm.

Brown said parents must never leave the gun out in the open. According to reports, that seems to have been the case when Kaela Pryor's 3-year-old son accidentally shot his 8-month-old sister while Pryor was outside of the home.

Pryor is still in jail on a $38,000 bond for unlawful conduct towards a child as well as multiple drug charges after police found what they believe to be a marijuana plant and a crack rock, according to reports.

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