Firearm safety tips following two accidental shootings

Two teenage boys were injured after two separate, accidental shootings over the weekend.

Firearms experts said both of the incidents could have been avoided with proper training.

More than 1 million American children are living in homes with loaded and unlocked firearms.

After two teenagers were injured in Erie County from accidental shootings, experts urge gun owners to be aware.

On Saturday, Wesleyville police responded to a 16-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh.

The boy did not realize the gun was loaded when it fired and was hospitalized at UPMC Hamot.

Sunday, police were called to a house in the 200 block of West 20th Street for a teenager with a gunshot wound to the hand.

The boy admitted to police he shot himself and was treated on scene.

Dr. Art Amann, the director of the Public Safety Institute at Mercyuhrst University, said that education is key to owning a firearm and encourages everyone to take a course before owning a gun.

“There are classes available at Mercyhurst University,” Amann said. “We have lots of people that come to us and call and say 'I want to buy this or that' and we'll say come to the class first.”

"If you are going to store a weapon loaded, it defiantly needs to be locked in a filing case of some sort and a locking mechanism. yYou don't want to just leave it laying around,” Amann said.

No charges were filed against either of the teenagers, as the firearms were legal and were self inflicted wounds

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