12 On Your Side: 3 children in 3 counties find family guns

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, March 28, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Three children from three different counties in the CSRA have gained access to guns over the last five months. In two cases, the children shot and killed someone else.

"It makes me a little angry because it's up to the parent to keep that gun safe," said Steve Fryant, manager of Shooters of Augusta as well as a father himself. "Educate your children about gun safety. If you have guns in the house, they need to know about gun safety."

The latest incident happened this week. Investigators say a 12-year-old boy found the family gun and shot and killed his 10-year-old best friend by accident.

In December, a 10-year-old Burke County boy shot and killed his father's girlfriend. That child is facing murder charges.

In October, an Aiken 10-year-old pointed a gun while trick or treating. The gun was not loaded.

Tara Newsome feels for the family of the latest victim.

"Oh goodness, there are no words to express how sorry I am," she said.

She has several young children in her life. She also owns a gun.

"Any of our guns are in a combination lock safe," she said.

Federal law requires all gun sales to include a gun lock as well as information on child-gun safety. However, there isn't a specific law that can penalize parents for leaving a loaded gun in a child's reach. In some cases where children gain access to guns, their parents could be charged with other crimes like reckless conduct.


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