BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A three-year-old is recovering after accidentally shooting himself and gun advocates are urging parents to properly store their guns.

Gun safety advocates say, too often we hear about children playing with firearms.

“This child being severely injured as he was it was completely unnecessary event. It didn’t have to happen” said John Hanchey, General manager of FRC Firearms

Monday, a three-year-old found a gun in his home near Scenic Highway and 75th street and shot himself.

“Because pf access to a gun in the house” said East Baton Rouge’s Mayor-President, Sharon Weston Broome

Tuesday, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul confirmed “the baby is still in the hospital fighting.”

The recent incident is eerily similar to what we saw three months ago when another three-year-old shot himself in a car and survived, but other children haven’t been as fortunate.
Back in 2019, an 11-year-old found a gun in his home and fired it, killing his 9-year-old brother.

“We don’t like to see it. We don’t like to see small children get hurt when it’s so preventable” said Hanchey.

FRC Firearms offer free gun safety locks, but there are other safety measures that are very difficult for kids to kid into, but easily accessible for parents.

Gun safety advocates urge parents to educate themselves on firearms and learn about the many ways to safely store their guns.

One wrong shot could cause a lifetime of pain.

“That gun should not have been left unsecured. There are plenty ways to lock the gun up and protect your children. Nothing is more precious than that, nothing. How much is your child’s life worth to you” said Hanchey.

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