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Experts weigh in on the dangers of pellet guns

Two Gun Tactical business manager Emily Frederick said children often get pellet guns as their first gun . Source: WLBT Two Gun Tactical business manager Emily Frederick said children often get pellet guns as their first gun . Source: WLBT
some might think they're toys because they use a different, smaller type of ammunition. Source: WLBT some might think they're toys because they use a different, smaller type of ammunition. Source: WLBT
What they lack in noise, they could make up in power. Source: WLBT What they lack in noise, they could make up in power. Source: WLBT
JACKSON METRO AREA, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Greenville family is mourning the death of a 9-year-old boy. He was shot Wednesday with a pellet gun by his 8-year-old brother.

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Two Gun Tactical business manager Emily Frederick said children often get pellet guns as their first gun and some might think they're toys because they use a different, smaller type of ammunition.

It doesn't have that big bang when you shoot it,” Frederick said. “A lot of times what people are afraid of is the bang and so a kid especially thinks that’s what makes a gun, a gun -- that big bang -- and that's absolutely not true.”

What they lack in noise, they could make up in power.

Todd Serotti, manager at Van's Deer Processing, said some of the newer models of pellet guns are more dangerous than ones introduced in the past.

Shooting a 17-caliber bullet at 1200 feet a second, that's the same velocity as shooting a 22 rifle,” Serotti said. “So, it's got a lot more energy and it's made to penetrate a lot deeper into things”

Both Serotti and Frederick said safety and education are important for shooters young and old.

Always have your gun pointed in a safe direction,” Frederick said. “Here at the range, we always say point down range, to always keep your gun unloaded until you're ready to use it and to always keep your finger off the trigger until you're ready to shoot that gun.”

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