A two-year-old boy has died after he accidentally shot himself in the chest at his grandparents’ home in the US.
Benjamin Smith was pronounced dead on Monday at the hospital shortly after suffering a single gunshot wound to the chest, police claim.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, including whether anyone was home at the time, how the child got the weapon and who owned the weapon.
Authorities say the shooting appears accidental.
In Australia, NSW police recommend safe storage of a firearm.
The firearms legislation sets out your responsibilities as a firearms owner in relation to safe storage.
Different categories of licence require different levels of safe storage.
However, across all licences and permit categories, the legislation provides that any person who possesses a firearm must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the firearm:
Is kept safe;
Is not lost or stolen; and
Does not come into the possession of a person who is not authorised to possess the firearm.
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