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Peosta gun range reacts to Arizona shooting

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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use a Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca's death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has some local shooting ranges and instructors speaking out about the important of gun safety.

Tim Flynn has been a NRA certified instructor for 15 years. He said the incident that took place in Arizona is just another reminder of how dangerous guns can be.

"You read things like this and your heart goes out to everybody involved; the instructors and the parents, just need to be aware of what they're doing and the choices they are making with their children," said Flynn.

Flynn said he has never had any students get hurt while training with him. He said in the state of Iowa a person needs to be over the age of 14 and with the consent of their parent or guardian to learn the in's and out's of handguns. He said when he is training someone that has never used a gun before, he is no more than a step away.

"We're pretty much right on top of them. If I have a right handed shooter and I'm training or teaching them to shoot, I'm off there right shoulder and I'm literally just a half step behind them ready for react in case they attempt to turn around or have a malfunction with the firearm," said Flynn.

Flynn said he recommends youth start shooting with smaller guns and work their way up.

"Maybe you start with a BB gun to learn the basic handling and safety, then maybe a pellet gun,and maybe a .22 caliber, all of those have very soft recoils," said Flynn.

Jeff Bower is the Dubuque Chapter present for the Izaak Walton League of American out of Peosta. He said the private organization holds classes for youth about shooting. Bower said safety is the top priority in those classes.

"If we teach them safety then that's going to be passed down to their kids as well," said Bower.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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