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Interior Minister calls for improved firearms safety after two children die in gun accidents


Interior Minister calls for improved firearms safety after two children die in gun accidents
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Minister of the Interior Päivi Räsänen (Christ. Dem.) called for tighter legislation on gun safety on Sunday.
      She voiced her views to Helsingin Sanomat after two shocking incidents at the weekend in the North Savo region, in which two children were killed by accidental gunfire.
     
The first tragedy took place on Friday night when two brothers, aged five and eight, found a gun in their house.
      The loaded firearm went off and hit the five-year-old in the head. He died later in hospital.
      The second incident took place in Vehmersalmi on Saturday morning during a hunting trip by a man and his 11-year-old son.
      The two had a shotgun and a small rifle. The rifle, which was in the bow of a rowboat, went off as the boy was stepping into the boat, and the bullet hit him in the abdomen.
      Police say that he died of his wounds late on Saturday night.
     
Räsänen argues that current legislation on storage of ordinary weapons is vague and open to interpretation.
      She says that the right of young children to carry guns on hunting trips should be considered in the weapons’ safety working group, which Räsänen set up in April, and which is to issue its report by the end of the year.
      Räsänen said that she will take up these matters with the members of the working group.
     
Räsänen would not say if she would be in favour of setting a minimum age for allowing the handling of a weapon by a child under the supervision of an adult.
      "It’s a good question which is worth consideration. I am not very familiar with the hunting hobby", Räsänen said.


Previously in HS International Edition:
  Helsinki region has lower per-capita gun ownership than rest of Finland (5.6.2012)
  ”Weapons can be kept even in wardrobes” (29.5.2012)
  Interior Ministry plans tighter screening of gun licence applicants (12.3.2009)

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 Interior Minister calls for improved firearms safety after two children die in gun accidents

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