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Gun store owner, law enforcement talk safety after 11-year-old killed in east Texas hunting accident

Red River Range is located at 8450 River Range Rd. in Shreveport, La.
Red River Range is located at 8450 River Range Rd. in Shreveport, La.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 1:57 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 5:12 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Gun safety is top of mind for many after an 11-year-old girl was accidentally killed by her father in an apparent hunting accident in Harrison County over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

One cardinal rule Red River Range owner Brad Simon said everyone should always remember when picking up a gun: “Always treat a firearm as if it’s loaded.”

The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence reports that each year, nearly 500 Americans become an unintentional target to gun injuries.

“Never point a gun at anything you’re not willing to shoot or destroy, and keep your finger off the trigger until you have identified the target in your range to shoot and know what you’re shooting at and what’s behind it,” Simon added.

An 11-year-old girl lost her life after accidentally being shot by her father.

“They had spent two cartridges while in the stand. He remembers loading four into the rifle, ejected two at the vehicle was going to clear the hammer on the gun, and when he did it went off,” said Harrison County Sheriff Brandon Fletcher

Last year, the National Rifle Association said there were 8.4 million new gun owners. This time of year, many people hunt or buy them as a gift.

Caddo Parish Training Academy firearm Sergeant Justin McDonald said there is a class coming up to teach the youth how to use them safely.

“It’s very important to pass on to you these fundamentals of safety and handling of guns, and knowing that if an adult is not around they shouldn’t touch the weapons,” he said.

To sign up for gun safety classes, click here.

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