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4-year-old's death reminds parents to keep guns secured

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A four-year-old boy is dead after authorities say he found a gun on top of his parents' refrigerator and shot and killed himself.


The boy’s father, 32-year-old Jeffery David Perez was arrested Saturday night in Fayetteville. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and failure to secure a firearm.

The child’s tragic death has safety experts reminding gun owners about the importance of keeping guns secured in your home.

“Not only is it state law, it's also common sense you have to keep those guns safe,” explained Eric Shuford, Range Manager at the Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center.

WNCN stopped by the Personal Defense and Handgun Safety Center to see what options are available to gun owners to secure their weapons.

"Every gun comes with a lock we also sell items you can put on the weapon to disable it,” explained retired deputy Rick Franks who now works at the gun shop.

He says things like trigger or slide locks will keep the gun from being able to fire. Gun owners who prefer to keep their weapons fully together can simply put them in a case. Securing your weapon can be as simple as a padlock, or as advanced as biometric vaults.

“You scan your fingerprint and that will open it,” explained Franks, “Nobody else can open it unless their fingerprint has been scanned in.”

Safety experts say if you have kids and keep guns in your home, don’t just buy the lock, talk to your kids about gun safety.


"Unfortunately, young people are fascinated by guns and if there are guns accessible to them they'll find a way to get to them,” said Shuford.

Shuford also recommends taking them to the range so their curiosity doesn't tempt them to play with a gun unsupervised.

Jonathan Rodriguez

Jonathan Rodriguez is an investigative reporter and member of the WNCN Investigates team. His storytelling specialty is connecting the dots to get to the truth, with a goal of delivering results for our community. If you have something you’d like WNCN to investigate, contact Jonathan.


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