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Teen will survive accidental gunshot wound

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EAGLE COUNTY — On May 26, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a teen who sustained an accidental gunshot wound to his hand. He was shot when his friend accidentally pulled the trigger on a .22 caliber rifle while he was loading it. The teen’s injuries were not life threatening and it appears that this was an unfortunate accident.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone that with warmer weather upon us and outside activities increasing, firearm safety is extremely important and should be used any time you are handling a firearm. Owning a firearm comes with a commitment to safety and responsibility — something that should be fully understood before buying your first firearm. Children and teens should always be supervised by an adult while using a firearm and all firearms should be stored securely.

There are several websites that contain firearm safety information. Project Child Safe, a program founded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has a variety of firearm safety messages, from owning and storing firearms properly, to how to communicate the importance of firearm safety to children.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office also provides free gun locks to anyone in need of them. You can request a gun lock by sending an email to info@sheriff.eagle.co.us or by calling 970-328-8500.

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