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Des Moines girl shot in the chest questions gun safety for minors

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A four-year-old girl is dead after authorities found her with a gunshot wound to the chest. It happened around seven Monday night at an apartment complex in Des Moines.
Right now it all appears accidental but police are trying to determine whether the child had access to the gun.

Sean Morrissey, a gun owner from Waterloo, has a 12 year old and an 18 year old.
He says they've had guns in the home their whole lives, but when he heard the news about a four-year-old Des Moines girl who died of a gunshot wound to the chest he wasn't pleased.

"You hear stories like that and it's horrible. As a parent you can't imagine that. I couldn't even imagine what they're going through with that," said Morrissey.

Morrissey says he always has his guns locked up and teaches his children respect for the weapon.

"It's really you start at the very beginning. You have the gun completely unloaded and you start just showing them how everything works and why it works and what it all does so they understand what happens when they pull the trigger," said Morrissey.

Iowa law says you must secure a loaded firearm if there is a person under 14 years old in the home, with either a gun lock, or in a secure place like a locked box or safe.

"You need to make sure that the weapon is in a safe place and it doesn't get into the hands of somebody that shouldn't have it. You know it would be such a tragedy if one of my, if my grandson would get a hold of my gun and something would happen. That's just something you couldn't forget," said Capt. Tim Pillack, Waterloo Police Department.

According to the law, if it's not secured, and the child causes an injury or a death, the gun owner could face a serious misdemeanor.

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