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Gun Range Safety In The Spotlight

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(WLNS) - A shocking video of a child being taught to fire a fully automatic weapon is igniting a new debate over kids and gun safety.

A cell phone video of a 9-year-old girl accidentally killing her instructor at a firing range is raising the question, across the country:

How young is too young--to fire a gun?

6 News reporter Mariah Harrison went out to some local shooting ranges to raise that question.

People here at Total Firearms say a tragedy like the one in Arizona, could have been prevented.

The shots heard 'round the world.

The video shows a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot a fully automatic firearm, -- better known as an Uzi.

But things go horribly wrong once the instructor flips the gun to full power and takes half a step back...

She loses control of the gun -- shooting her instructor in the head - ending his life.

But this tragedy could have been avoided.

Rick Burroughs, range officer at total firearms, explains. "There is nothing more important than being safe on this range."

Ranger Rick Burroughs is the range officer at Total Firearm in Mason.

He says a child that young should never hold a gun a that powerful in the first place. "I myself personally don't agree with that, I don't like that scenario."

While there is no set age minimum of when you can bring a child to a shooting range to start practicing Ranger Rick told me that if you bring a child between that age range of 8 to 9 they'll be starting with these 2 weapons. Now this is a single shot rifle with only 1 bullet being allowed into the chamber at a time, this is a small 22 caliber semi automatic hand gun and they'll only load 1 bullet into this clip at a time. Also Ranger Rick told me that while these children are learning to shoot these firearms they're parents are with them every step of the way"

Burroughs continues, "They're gonna be there helping the child. I'm gonna be there, but they're going to have their hands right over that child. The parent's not going to be standing back taking video of this, that doesn't work for me."

Was she too young? Was that gun too powerful? What we know for sure was a life was taken -- much too soon.

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