LCSO offers free gun safety kits after multiple shootings involving children
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Sheriff’s Office is working with Project Child-Safe to offer free gun safety kits to Leon County Residents.
The kits were implemented by LCSO after multiple shooting incidents that involved children in the region including:
- A shooting that happened on Sept. 9, at Lake Bradford Estates where a 13-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound.
- A 14-year-old girl was killed on Aug. 28, at home in Valdosta. Police say a group of teens were handing two guns.
- A 14-year-old Perry boy was accidentally shot by his 8-year-old relative in Tallahassee as his family.
- One-year-old was killed in an apparent accidental shooting by another one-year-old who got their hands on an unsecured gun at the Grove Park Apartments.
The kit comes with safety information and a cable-style gun lock, which fits most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.
The kits are available at the LCSO on Municipal Drive.
State Attorney Jack Campell blames incidents like these on the adults involved.
“Adults are responsible for the care of children,” Attorney Jack Campell said. “Anytime someone leaves a child in close proximity, something like that, a car, chainsaw or a firearm, they are responsible for any harm that comes up.”
Campell also says there is a Florida Statute that makes it a crime for a gun owner to not properly secure a gun which could result in being charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
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