An Arizona shooting instructor dies after he was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old student with an Uzi machine gun at a shooting range.
This story has a lot of people talking and asking, how young is too young to handle automatic weapons? 8News spoke with people at a couple of shooting ranges in Richmond.
They say there's no law preventing a child of any age from shooting any kind of gun. However, they all agreed an Uzi was too much weapon for a 9-year-old.
Dave Hancock's been in the gun business for thirty-five years. He works at Bob Moates Sport Shop.
Hancock was saddened and, frankly, very surprised when he saw video of the tragic accident. It shows the child struggling with the Uzi when she fired a single round, so he says going full automatic was irresponsible.
"I'm just amazed that an instructor would give a small child any kind of a full automatic weapon," says Hancock.
He and other gun experts also question why the instructor was standing next to the child, instead of behind her.
According to Hancock, "particularly with a small child, it's also normal to keep a little better control on them, to support them, to maybe help them better support the weapon."
Bottom line, the gun experts who spoke with 8News believe this was a case of poor judgment.
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