Arizona shooting range incident stirs local gun safety discussions

Published 08/27 2014 05:40PM

Updated 08/27 2014 07:26PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)-- The incident in Arizona is stirring debate about gun safety among  groups in Northeast Wisconsin.

“Obviously mistakes were made or this wouldn’t have happened"--Mike Shea is the owner and also an instructor at the Family Shooting Academy in Green Bay. 

Watching the video he says the instructor should have kept his hands on the gun and assisted the little girl.

“When you’re dealing with a beginning shooter, we concentrate more on the firearm itself.  And a case like this you wants your hand on the gun along with the inexperienced shooter," said Shea.

Local 5's Jenn Sullivan fired her first firearm Wednesday.

She said Shea measured her hand to determine which gun was best for her.

Judging by the little girl’s size he says an a machine pistol like an uzi is not the right firearm.

It’s not just the gun that is sparking debate.  Some are asking the question is 9 years old too young to fire a firearm?

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense volunteer, Ann Muenster, said, “Having an age limit is something we need to discuss in our communities.  Certainly this tragedy points to that.”

In Wisconsin, children can fire a gun at any age.

“When we go to an amusement park the roller coasters will have height and weight restrictions.  It isn’t left to the responsibility of the adults left in charge," said Muenster.

So at what point should a law preside over parenting?

“Parents understand what their kids are capable of and what their kids know.  I know some 9 year-olds that I would trust more with a gun than some 30 year-olds.  A lot of that comes from parents," said Shea.



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