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Locks and Safes Help Keep Firearms Away from Children

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An accidental shooting in Callaway is still under investigation as an 18 year-old victim remains hospitalized. She was shot in the head by a three year-old Tuesday morning. To prevent terrible accidents like this, there are several of security products on the market.

According to Billy Lake at Jay's Guns and Accessories, if your gun isn't next to you, it needs to be secured away.

"If your firearm is in your positive control, there's no need for it to be locked. But if it is not in your positive control, if its more than an arms reach away, it is no longer in your positive control. It should be securely put away and unloaded," says Lake.

There are several options to keep your gun out of the reach of children. You can use a biometric safe, a trigger lock, or even a cable lock.

Depending on the age of the children, the security requirements may be different.

"If you have young children and you have a loaded gun, you can put it up high where any reasonable person would not believe they could easily get to it,' says Ruth Corley with the Bay County Sheriff's Office. "If you have older children, you're going to have to use a gun lock, lock box or a gun safe."

When children are around, the statute requires a person to keep a load gun in a location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure or with a trigger lock, and if this doesn't happen, the gun owner could be facing charges.

"If a child found the gun, and it was loaded and the child discharged the firearm into a wall. No one was hurt. No one was injured. They could be charged with a misdemeanor count of culpable negligence. Now if someone is hurt, someone dies as a result, then it becomes a felony charge," says Corley.  

The Bay County Sheriff's Office says the victim from Tuesday's shooting is in stable condition and was able to make a statement. The case has been turned over to the State Attorney's Office for review.