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In Wake of Child Shooting, Gun Control a Large Concern Again

Posted January 18, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Friday, a twelve-year Lee County boy died when a gun his friend was playing with went off.

None of the parents has been charged in the case, but it brings up the issue of how to protect your friends and family around guns.

From locks to safety cases, you can keep guns from accidentally firing with several relatively inexpensive devices.

Gun shops sell most security items, many for under ten dollars.

Mike Tilley, a gun store co-owner, advocates using safety devices to keep a gun safe.

A variety of videos are available that go over safety tips for children and adults.

In North Carolina anyone who owns a gun can be charged with a misdemeanor if a child gains access to that gun without permission from a parent or guardian.