Keeping kids safe from firearms in the home

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North Charleston, SC (WCBD)- Police are still investigating a Saturday morning shooting in North Charleston after a 1-year-old boy was shot by his 6-year-old brother with a gun found in their home. 

North Charleston Police Investigators have charged Redante Young, 37, the male subject who brought the gun into the residence, with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Violent Felon.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says the scenario of children living in a home with an unsecure firearm is common. Research released by them shows that 4.6 million children and teens are living in a home with a loaded or unlocked gun.

Taylor Clair, Operation Manager at C&S Shooting Sports in North Charleston, says that there are measures that can be taken to keep firearms away from the hands of children.

He says, “Kids are going to see a gun, so they need to know what a gun is and not to touch it, but to go get an adult if they find one. I think parents need to be able to, with reasonable certainty, see if the gun is empty, unloaded, locked, and secure in some way.”

He says that there are a few different options or storing & locking guns.

“A lot of the safes everybody pictures, when they close their eyes, is a 6X6 giant gun safe. However, some can be small personal safes. You may own a large safe, but you may also have a small individual safe by your bed. If you buy a handgun, its going to have to come with some type of lock on it. Typically, it’s going to come with a trigger lock that will render the gun in cable of use, because the trigger is completely blocked by either a key or a combination. They can even go a step further from that and you can have a cord where it is possible to lock the gun to something. It may not be as secure as a giant steel box, but you can just walk up to the gun and use it…the gun is rendered unusable.”

The 4 rules of guns safety are something that C&S Shooting Sports says should be taught to children who live in a home with a gun.  

Taylor Clair says, “I think the 4 carnal rules of gun safety need to be brought up to children: 1. Keep your finger off the trigger, 2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy 3. Know your target and what’s beyond, and 4. Treat every gun likes its loaded.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children as young as 3 years old can pull the trigger on a handgun.

C&S Shooting Sports says that safety must be a priority when it comes to gun ownership.

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