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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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  • My understanding pf the Firearms Act is that all guns must be locked in a suitable cupboard or similar and the ammunition locked in a separate one.

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  • I so much don’t agree with having guns in the house. This tragic event would not have happened if it wasn’t available for the two year old to pick up.

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  • Such a tragic incident indeed.
    This is one of the dangers of holding a gun, I don’t understand why it is still legal in the US to have a gun at all.

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  • Absolutely tragic and totally avoidable

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  • The gun should have been locked away in a safe place especially when children are present.

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  • Without a gun in the home, this wouldn’t have happened. What will it take for gun control in the US?

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  • Poor little child. Unbelievable that he had such easy access to a gun!!

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