HCSO gives parents advice on gun safety
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Officials with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office say it is important for parents to talk to their children about gun safety.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies crowded Valley Lane in Hixson on Wednesday night. A three-year-old was shot and taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. Investigators say the child was injured after being unsupervised in an area where a gun was left behind.
Matt Lea, the public information officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office says incidents like this highlight the importance of gun safety.
“Children are naturally inquisitive, especially young children. So families who have young children or even older children in the home they always need to make sure that their firearms are secured and are supervised at all times,” Lea said.
Lea says a lot of firearms come with a gun lock that has a key at the bottom and runs through the barrel and out the port hole.
“Those are great to keep that firearm locked up, but it still doesn’t replace the fact that that firearm needs to be secured in some sort of safe or gun box or something like that,” Lea said.
If your gun doesn’t have a lock and you can’t afford one, there are other options.
“Then at least keep the firearm unloaded and placed somewhere high in the home where a child can’t physically get a hold of it and make sure you keep your ammunition separately,” Lea said.
Lea encourages parents to sit down with their children and talk about gun safety.
“What do you do if you see that firearm out in the home? What do you do if they are at a home belonging to a friend and they should find one there?”
The Sheriff’s office has investigated several of these cases within the last few years, and Lea says one is too many.
“It is tragic and they are all preventable.”