Tennessee at top of list for accidental shooting deaths - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee at top of list for accidental shooting deaths

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Shelby County Sheriff deputies were on scene Friday morning to the latest accidental shooting on old Brownsville road. Family members said the man was looking at a gun when he accidentally shot himself in the leg. They say he is doing OK, but was taken to the hospital.

This is only one of the many that put Tennessee to the top of the list in the nation for accidental shooting. The startling numbers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that in 2013 there were only 19 accidental shooting deaths in Tennessee, but in 2014 that number rose to 105.

In January, 13-year-old Letara Jones was killed when a 20-year-old accidentally shot her. Police said he was just playing with the gun.

Gun shop worker Todd Gray said there is a lot you can do to keep this from happening.

"Keep your finger off the trigger, keep the weapon as if it were loaded, even though you know it's not, and keep it pointed in a safe direction," said Gray.

He said gun owners need to use a gun lock when they are not in use.

"You can't chamber it. You can't put magazine in it," said Gray.

These gun locks, sold at every gun shop, make it impossible for the gun to be used. 

"We need to educate our kids a little about guns their education shouldn't come from violent movies," said Gray.

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