Greenville boy accidentally shoots self with parents' gun - WNCT

Greenville boy accidentally shoots self with parents' gun, father arrested

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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.

"There's absolutely no way you can shoot it with a lock," said Bowen.

Experts encourage parents to use those locks or keep their guns in a safe place.

"They have safes available. A lot of parents like to have a safe under their bed where a child doesn't know the code, can't get into the safe," said Lindsey Richardson, with Colts Gun and Pawn.

Almost half the states do not have laws penalizing people who provide children with unsupervised opportunities to access guns. But in North Carolina that isn't the case.

"There's no safe place to hind a hand gun from a kid. You really got to be careful at all times to never let your guard down," said Sgt. Joe Friday, with Greenville Police.

Unfortunately, Morring found that out the hard way.

Police tell us the number one rule when it comes to guns: always treat them as if they are loaded.

Kids get curious so the Colt's employees tell 9 on your side it's a good idea to educate them about gun safety.

The Pitt County Wildlife Club even offers safety courses for children.

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