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A Tragic & Hard Lesson To Learn


"You can spend anywhere between 30 and 40 dollars all the way up to a few thousand dollars," said Don Lamothe Total Firearms Asst. Manager.


"As of late, we have seen considerable more people taking responsibility for their firearms and yes a lot of people who are coming in buying firearms are purchasing safes," Lamothe said.

But there is a big difference between buying a safe and using it.

"If you have children at home, you should not keep a loaded gun around," Lamothe said.


"He said he had on many occasions when his parents weren't home loaded and unloaded that firearm," said Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas.


"You can never be 100 percent certain of that unless you lock and secure those firearms," Sheriff Kangas said.

And Sheriff Kangas says for an extra measure of safety make sure you never load and unload a firearm inside a home.

"You can never be to careful with a firearm, you can't take it back, I think there is something to be learned here and it's a very very difficult and tragic way to learn that," Sheriff Kangas said.


A tragic lesson one family will never forget.

The Clinton County Sheriff's office says detectives are still sorting through the details around the death of Paige McGinnis and the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Kangas says according to the boy's father, the brother had taken safety classes in the past.

Or have ammunition nearby, something Clinton County Sheriff Wayne Kangas says could have prevented the death of a 13 year old girl who police believe was accidently shot by her brother over the weekend.

Whether they're digital and heavy or basic and light, Total Firearms assistant manager Don Lamothe says he is seeing more customers go beyond just buying a gun.

Police have identified the 13 year old girl who was accidently shot and killed Saturday in Ovid Township as Paige McGinnis.

Nick Perreault spoke with clinton county sheriff wayne kangas and a local gun shop owner who each say there is a valuable lesson to learn from this tragedy .

They come in all shapes and sizes.

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