Child shooting renews calls for responsible gun ownership

WICHITA, Kansas – The latest child shooting has authorities urging adult gun owners to do everything they can to keep guns out of the hands of children.

“Lock up any type of firearms, anything that’s dangerous to children, lock it up so they can’t get to it,” WPD Lt. Dennis Wilson said. “They’re not responsible enough at that age to know what it can do, so lock it up.”

Police are investigating whether the shooting is accidental. If so, it would be the second accidental shooting in Wichita that resulted in a child’s death in the last three months. In April, a 4-year-old got hold of a loaded gun and shot his 19-month-old brother on the 1300 block of N. Pennsylvania.

KSN recently spoke to workers at The Bullet Stop, which recommended purchasing a gun lock or storage device like a vault or safe to keep the gun away from kids, as well as leaving the gun unloaded.

“A simple cable [on the lock] keeps the gun from being loaded and completely stops accidental shootings,” Nathan McClure, with The Bullet Stop, said.

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