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  •  Toddlers. (4+ / 0-)
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    tytalus, lyvwyr101, Penny GC, SoCalSal

    If a toddler shoots itself with your gun, then you are guilty of child endangerment, (I suppose there are circumstances where it is abuse instead.)

    Depending on circumstances, others may be guilty of child endangerment in the same case -- whoever is in charge of the child and brought it into a situation where there is some jackass who would leave a gun and a child in the same room.

    I would draw the line a lot older than "toddler," but somewhere there is a grey area.

    •  No one under 18 can own a firearm (1+ / 0-)
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      Penny GC

      so anyone under 18 procured a firearm from a negligent adult. No one under 21 can own a handgun. (It make be a few transfers back to the last lawful gun owner).

      U. S. National Library of Medicine Public Guidance on Gun Safety
      MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

      One-third of all families in America that have children also have guns, and more than 40 percent of them don't keep their guns locked up. Children younger than eight can't tell the difference between a real gun and a toy, and 3-year-olds are strong enough to pull the trigger on a real gun. Children and teens commit more than half of all unintentional shootings.

      That means about 13% of homes with kids account for more than half of unintentional shootings.

      The scary thing is that almost half of "unintentional" shootings are committed by adults.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:30:43 PM PDT

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