GREENVILLE, N.C. – A 6-year-old boy accidentally shoots himself with his parents’ gun.
It happened Wednesday night in Greenville.
Police say the boy wandered into his parents’ bedroom, picked up a .40 caliber handgun and accidentally shot himself in the hand. The child is expected to be okay, but now his father, 31-year-old Andre Morring, is charged with failing to properly store the gun.
Morring told police he usually kept his gun locked, but that night it wasn’t
Glenn Bowen runs “Colts Gun and Pawn” with his family. He demonstrated to 9 on your side how easy it would be for a kid to pull the trigger.
“An automatic pistol, semi-automatic…if you leave it and you load a bullet in the chamber…most of them do not have safety’s now. And anybody, if you hand this to a one year old the first thing he’ll try to do is pull the trigger,” Bowen said.
The CDC says close to 2-million kids live in households with loaded or unlocked guns, resulting in 18 deaths or injuries every single day. A recent federal law requires all new guns to come with a lock.