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Gun safety guidelines at home

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We talked to Cliff Cargill at his gun range in Florence. He's a National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor. We talked to Cliff Cargill at his gun range in Florence. He's a National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor.
FLORENCE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As 10-year-old Jerald Tucker was playing video games in his Vicksburg home Monday night, two men were handling a gun in the same room. Tucker was shot in the head and died two days later.

In Jackson in 2008, 4-year-old Dylan Jackson was killed when he accidentally shot himself in the head after finding a gun during a birthday party.

Gun safety is so important, but why don't all gun owners practice it?

We talked to Cliff Cargill at his gun range in Florence. He's a National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor.

"The NRA big three. One, never point the gun in an unsafe direction. Two, always keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you're ready to shoot. And the third, which I think is really important in this case, is to keep the gun unloaded until you're ready to use it," Cargill said.

Gun owners who want a loaded gun for safety must make crucial decisions, especially if children are in the home. A loaded gun must be 100 percent out of access for a child or anyone else.

Cargill suggests homeowners purchase a finger pad locking safe, which requires a four-digit code to access guns. Gun locks are also good safety tools.

"Most manufacturers now ship a cable lock with the firearm. If the gun owner would use that cable lock, tragedies like that would not happen," Cargill said.

Cargill also says, whether parents own a gun or not, all children should learn the NRA's gun safety rules. Kids are encouraged to stop, don't touch, leave the area and tell an adult if they encounter a gun.

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