Michele Spring Reporting:

(Wednesday, September 12, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – On average, 8 children a day are accidentally killed by finding an improperly stored firearm.

Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell stresses to parents of Tuscarawas County that it doesn’t take much to properly store your firearms.

“You don’t have to have anything really expensive to do that. Most guns come with gun locks and there are lots of different ways to secure your weapon but something needs to be done to make sure a small child doesn’t a small child get to the gun and even while experimenting or playing with it, figure out how to fire it and harm themselves.”

Sheriff Campbell shares how it can take an emotional toll on officials who witness firsthand what can happen.

“We had one a few years ago on Thanksgiving Day that got a hold of a gun and shot himself and thankfully he lived. I think last year we had two young boys who found a family gun and were playing with it outside and one shot the other. And that was fatal. Both of those were emotional calls for everyone involved.”

Campbell notes that EndFamilyFire.org is a great tool for gun owners wanting more information on how to properly store family firearms.

He says that there will be consequences for gun owners who improperly take care of their weapons.

“You’re going to be arrested and I’ve done that in the past. You’re going to be arrested for endangering children. It’s something I am very passionate about. Obviously, because of my profession, I have guns but they get locked up and they get locked up right away.”

4.6 million children live in homes with unsecured weapons and 75% of guns used in school shootings come from home.

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