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Florida 4-year-old accidentally shoots himself with parent’s gun

By meerna Jul11,2024
Florida 4-year-old accidentally shoots himself with parent’s gun


A 4-year-old child got into his parent’s gun at his Middleburg home Wednesday and accidentally discharged it. The child was struck but suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers were called to a home in the 2400 block of Clover Avenue around 12:15 a.m. No one else was injured and no charges were filed. They did not say whether the child was a boy or a girl or where the child was injured.

The sheriff’s office said an investigation is ongoing to determine how the firearm was stored and who else was in the home at the time. The sheriff’s office is also working with the Florida Department of Children and Families and the State Attorney’s Office on the case.

In some cases, under certain circumstances, caregivers are charged with culpable neglect.

The Times-Union requested a report on the incident.

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Gun Safety and Prevention

While it has not been determined where Wednesday’s shooting occurred, nonprofit groups like States United to Prevent Gun Violence are calling for proper gun storage, saying eight children a day are shot with improperly used or unsecured guns.

The group reminds parents to empty and lock up their guns to prevent “a parent’s worst nightmare: a child holding a loaded gun.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics states that the safest home for a child is one without weapons. If there are weapons in the home, they should be unloaded and locked, and ammunition should be stored separately, without access to keys or combinations, the academy states. Loaded weapons should also not be stored unlocked in a car.

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