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Preventing Accidental Shootings

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The young man who authorities say accidentally shot himself was apparently well-equipped to handle firearms and his best friend tells us he was an avid hunter.

So, we take a deeper look at firearm safety.

The Violence Policy Center reports that Montana has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the country, with more than 60% of the population owning a firearm.

The study shows that Montana also has one of the highest per-capita number of gun deaths.

“A lot of people think that they pull the magazine out the gun is safe. It is not safe until you check the chamber and make sure it's unloaded. Everybody thinks if you take this out, the guns unloaded, not true. A lot of people have gotten shot accidentally because of that,” said gun owner Scott Hanson.

Hanson says the other essential keys are, to never point the muzzle at anything you do not intend to shoot and always treat a firearm as if it is loaded.

Gun safety classes are available across the state and required for anyone seeking a concealed carry permit.

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