Accidental shootings call for gun safety

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

In the last few weeks, state police in London say they have responded to two accidental shootings.

Police officials say gun safety is important to prevent injuries and save lives.

Saturday's accidental shooting in Clay County is the second in three weeks for state police in London.

It happened when 58-year-old Charles Wilson accidentally shot himself.

"The subject stated that he was cleaning his firearm on his bed, and it accidentally discharged and struck him in the stomach," said KSP Trooper Josh Wilson.

State police say both cases involved men who have used guns for years.

"Usually everybody wants to say it's children on accidental shootings, but that's always not the case. More times than none it's people that are experienced with firearms," said Trooper Wilson.

Police officials say if used properly, firearms can be valuable tools.

And when handling a firearm, always make sure it is not loaded unless you are planning to shoot.

"Double check and triple check to make sure that it is not anytime that you are going to be cleaning it or storing it," said Clay County Sheriff Kevin Johnson.

"Don't point the weapon at anything you're not willing to destroy at that time, whether it loaded or not," said Trooper Wilson.

Police encourage gun owners to have a locked gun case.

"Especially if you have children in the home, make sure the amo and firearm are stored in separate locations," said Sheriff Johnson.

Police say you cannot be too careful when it comes to using guns.

State police say the number one rule when handing a gun is to treat the firearm as if it is loaded at all times.

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