Gun Safety

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Following the recent death of a 10-year-old Hillsdale County girl, area police are reminding parents about gun safety.

Katie Craft died Tuesday when a muzzleloader rifle went off at her home in Pittsford Township. She and her 12-year-old brother were the only ones home at the time of the accident.

Police say this kind of accident is not an isolated incident. Nationally, more than 3,000 children die each year from gunshot wounds. Deaths they say could be avoided if proper safety precautions are taken.

Many police departments distribute gunlocks for free. Police say guns should always be locked and the ammunition should be stored in a separate location. They also recommend gun safes. Another important tip, police say parents need to teach their children about the dangers of guns.

Gun safety classes are available at a number of different locations. County Sheriff's Departments and local police often have information on such classes.