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Health officials aim to curb accidental shootings in Durham

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Those who attend their session will learn about responsible gun ownership and get a free gun lock. Those who attend their session will learn about responsible gun ownership and get a free gun lock.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Durham County officials are aiming to end accidental shooting deaths of kids. On Monday, a gun safety team will be promoting their Asking Saves Kids Campaign.

Two months ago, 9-year-old Christian Pittman died when a gun he and his older brother were playing with went off.

It's tragedies like this, officials hope to avoid.

"The reason we have this big push in the summer is because so many children are home for the summer and sometimes they are home by themselves and their friends are coming over and they know where everything is," said Public Health Education Specialist Joanie Ross. "By law actually, if they have children in the home their fire arms have to be locked up and it's best to lock the fire arms unloaded and lock the ammunition up separate."

That's one message crews with the Durham County Gun Safety team plan to spread at the event. Those who attend their session will learn about responsible gun ownership and get a free gun lock.

"Too many children are getting to fire arms and getting killed or hurt and it is preventable," said Ross. "So we just want people to come out and learn that owning a fire arm is a huge responsibility and they can protect their children and they can protect the children that come over to play also."

The ASK Campaign will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard of the Durham County Human Services Building located at 1414 East Main Street.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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