Gun Safety

By: Hayley Skene Email
By: Hayley Skene Email

The tragic death of a firearms instructor Monday again fuels the debate on gun safety.

A 9-year-old girl accidentally shot the man in the head.

The incident is getting a lot of attention.

But here in West Virginia many argue that guns can be safely used.

One local firearms instructor says guns are like anything else - they are safe if used properly.

Henry Gilliam is a licensed instructor.

He says he has clients of all ages and experience, but regardless of someone's skill, his courses stress safety first.

"Safety being the utmost at first, usually half hour minimum starting off. And that's your basics - naturally, the gun pointed in the right direction, finger control. You need to take steps. It is baby steps, and taking several levels of classes, and as long as you do that, you're going to be fine," he says.

Gilliam says there are risks to using guns, but it's no different from the risks of other sports or driving cars.

Firearm users have to use common sense and take the time to learn how to shoot safely.

Gilliam says there's no set age that would make someone ready to learn.

He looks at each person individually before agreeing that they're ready for instruction.

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