Accidental Death of a Child has Authorities Speaking Out

Authorities are speaking out about firearm safety after the tragic accident that claimed the life of a nine-year-old boy four days ago.

Authorities say we have a right to bare arms, but with that comes great responsibilities.

It was just last Friday when a nine-year-old boy was shot in the head by his 13 year-old step brother,  authorities say with a shot gun left unsecured at their grandfather's home in clay county.

Clearly an accident, but authorities are saying even more.

“This is a terrible tragedy, but avoidable. That's the part that breaks your heart, it didn't have to happen,” said Sheriff Kenny Lemons from Clay County Sheriff's office.

“Parents really need to take note, if you are going to have weapons in the house they need to find a safe place to put them make sure they are away from children,” said Melvin Joyner, from the Wichita County Sheriff's office.

Gun experts say every firearm comes with some kind of lock to secure your weapon and that it should always be used.

For several years the Wichita County Sheriff's Office has been passing out locks, free of charge.

It's called Project Child Safe and it's funded by the federal government.

“And then again on the back part there is a check list, treat every firearm as if it were loaded. Keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction,” said Joyner.

They also provide pamphlets with information meant to educate gun users about the responsibilities of possessing a gun.

“We have a right to keep and bear arms, and I am 100% behind it, but you are responsible for those arms and you need to keep them secure.

The Wichita Falls Gun and Knife Show is this weekend, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at the MPEC Exhibit Hall.

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