JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - After a 9-year-old girl accidentally killed an Arizona shooting instructor Tuesday, gun instructors are warning parents on safety measures to take before putting a gun in a child's hands.
Marty Boyd is the Craighead County Sheriff, trap shooting instructor and a firearm instructor and said some guns like an Uzi should be off limits to kids.
He believes there is no set age for allowing a child to start handling a gun. A parent must consider a child's emotional and physical ability. Even then, there is a lot to consider before letting a child handle a gun.
"I've seen kids that I personally believe are very safe at 5 and 6 years old and then I've seen adults at 25 and 30 years old that I would call unsafe," Boyd told Region 8 News.
Boyd said there are three things a parent should tell their child:
1. Always make sure the gun is unloaded
2. Always keep the finger off the trigger