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Guns in the home can create hazards for kids, adults alike

One recent study indicated that having a gun in the home can increase by 50 percent the likelihood someone in that home will die from a gunshot wound. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) One recent study indicated that having a gun in the home can increase by 50 percent the likelihood someone in that home will die from a gunshot wound. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 25 children died from gunshot wounds across the state in 2014. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 25 children died from gunshot wounds across the state in 2014. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
It is estimated that one of every three Arizona households has a firearm. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) It is estimated that one of every three Arizona households has a firearm. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
So far this year, no children have been injured in unintended shootings in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) So far this year, no children have been injured in unintended shootings in Arizona. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America speaks to groups about the importance of making sure guns are properly secured and out of the reach of children. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America speaks to groups about the importance of making sure guns are properly secured and out of the reach of children. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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One recent study indicated that having a gun in the home can increase by 50 percent the likelihood someone in that home will die from a gunshot wound.

While advocates on both sides argue over whether stats like that one are accurate or exaggerated, two numbers are not up for debate: 147 and 124. They are the numbers of children who were injured and killed in unintended shootings last year. All were considered preventable.

"We leave politics at the door and we simply talk about safety and about saving kids' lives," said Kathleen Noble, who works with an organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Noble speaks to groups about the importance of making sure guns are properly secured and out of the reach of children. She says it's not enough to be aware of the dangers a firearm in the home can pose to a child. Responsible gun owners need to make sure their weapons are secured at all times.

"They think they can't lock it up because they'll need it right away (in the event of a break-in or other emergency)," said Noble.

But the reality, she says, is that quick access safes are available at a reasonable cost.

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"I bought one for under $100 on Amazon and it works great. It's biometric. It recognizes my fingerprint," said Noble.

Last year, eight children in Arizona suffered unintentional gunshot wounds. Two of them died.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 25 children died from gunshot wounds across the state in 2014. That includes unintentional shootings, suicides and murders.

Advocates like Noble believe even those deaths were preventable if adults properly secured the firearms that were used.

It is estimated that one of every three Arizona households has a firearm.

"I keep a gun in the home for protection," said Josh, whose last name we agreed to withhold so he could speak freely about his views on gun ownership.

"Education, I believe, is the number one key," he said.

Josh says he's been around guns his entire life, and his children have an educated respect for them. He keeps his firearms locked up in a safe most of the time, but he also carries a gun.

"I don't anticipate having to use it, but it's there in case I have to," said Josh.

So far this year, no children have been injured in unintended shootings in Arizona.

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Morgan  LoewMorgan Loew is an investigative reporter on the CBS 5 Investigates team. His reports have landed crooks behind bars and led to changes in state law.

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He has exposed conmen who prey on the elderly and predators who target women and children. Morgan combines his legal training with the experience he’s earned over 20-years of news reporting in Arizona to break big stories and dig beyond the headlines. His stories about education, consumer scams and crooked politicians have gone on to make national headlines. Among his favorite investigations are the ones that take him undercover. In addition his hidden camera investigations on drug and human smuggling, Morgan infiltrated some of the most dangerous militia and vigilante groups in the southwest. Members were later charged with crimes that range from murder to child molesting. Over the years, Morgan’s work has appeared on CBS News, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and NPR. Morgan won ten Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting, the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award, and a commendation from the Humane Society of the United States. Morgan is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, earned his Juris Doctorate at Concord Law School, teaches media law at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and is the president of the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Inc., which advocates for open records and open government. When he’s not working, Morgan enjoys camping, cheering for the Arizona Wildcats, and spending time with his family at their ranch in southern Arizona.

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