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Gun instructor's cardinal rules about kids

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There is new information regarding how a 3year-old boy got a hold of a gun in the back bedroom of a home in Hillsborough County and accidentally shoot himself to death.

Three adults were home at the time, and the toddler's uncle faces charges.

"We discovered that the uncle was staying in the same room as the 3 year old," said Debbie Carter with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

His uncle, 29-year-old Jeffery Walker, left a gun in their room.

"He had taken his gun, put it in his backpack. He has a concealed weapons permit. He left the backpack in the bedroom, and it was apparently in a position that was easily accessible to a 3 year old," Carter said.

The rest played out tragically with a life lost and Walker facing a charge of culpable negligence for leaving a gun unsecured with the safety off, easily accessible to a child.

"First thing kids do when they pIck up a gun, they put their finger on the trigger," said NRA Instructor John Gluck.

He teaches his students this golden rule: "Florida law says you cannot leave a firearm accessible to fifteen or under. In a dresser door they pull it open. You can't do that."

When Gluck sets down his weapon, he locks it away in a coded safe, but there are many more precautions he recommends if you have children. He advises you remove the ammo, activate the safety, and for complete peace of mind, run a cable lock through the gun when it's not in your hand.

Gluck believes the most important reminder to teach your children is also the simplest.

"You don't touch a gun unless there is an adult with you," he said.

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