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We're working to see what rules are in place at shooting ranges after a 9 year old girl shoots her instructor

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National debate has been sparked over gun safety after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting instructor in Arizona on Monday.
The instructor was teaching the girl how to use an Uzi sub-machine gun. The girl pulled the trigger, and the recoil caused her to lose control of the gun. 
The instructor was accidentally shot in the head, he died later at the hospital.  


We talked to the President of the Beckley Gun Club, James Long, who tells us the problem is not a lack of rules, but a lack of common sense. "That little girl was too small to control that weapon. When you have a gun that fires like the Uzi, the gun will rise and if your not strong enough it can get out of control.


West Virginia law allows children of any age to handle a gun as long as they are being supervised by a parent or guardian. 

We also learned that federal laws says any one under the age of 21 cannot posses a handgun outside of those facilities.

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