Experts Talk Gun Safety After 3-Year-Old Dies in Accidental Shooting – FOX13 News Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Gun experts spoke to FOX13 about keeping your guns safe and kids safe after a 3-year-old child died after accidentally shooting himself.
3-year-old boy dies after shooting himself in bedroom, Memphis police say
“It deters them from pulling out the gun if they need to, but if they have kids they really should use them,” said Danny Metcalf, owner of Bullfrog Corner Pawn and Gun in Horn Lake.
Metcalf sells a lot of guns. He also keeps a basket full of free weapon locks on the counter for anyone to grab if they need them.
However, Metcalf says customers rarely catch one and he rarely has to fill the basket.
Metcalf says there are other options for standard firearm locks if you’re worried about easy access in an emergency.
“They have a print lock that you can pull out a little quicker, and they have a safe that you can put in your car,” he said.
Gun owner Mark Moffatt can’t understand how a 3-year-old could get his hands on an AR-15 type pistol and shoot himself.
“It’s pathetic. It’s sad. It’s 100% preventable. All anyone had to do was take care to do something right,” Moffatt said.
Neighbors in the Whitehaven neighborhood where Monday’s shooting happened feel the same way.
“I don’t know what it will take for people not to put their guns aside. I don’t know,” neighbor Paris Hoskins said.
Critics of Tennessee’s gun laws say there isn’t enough effort to keep children from getting access to guns. Others say it’s not the laws.
“First we need to look at the laws we have. [Instead of] by passing another law that is just another law that may not be enforced,” Moffatt said.
Monday’s shooting marks at least the third child involved in an accidental shooting in Memphis already this year.
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