Rifle made for kids used in fatal KY shooting - FOX Carolina 21

Rifle made for kids used in fatal KY shooting

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One of the "kid" rifles sold at Sharp Shooters in Greenville. (May 2, 2013/FOX Carolina) One of the "kid" rifles sold at Sharp Shooters in Greenville. (May 2, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

After a 2-year-old girl was fatally shot by her 5-year-old brother in Kentucky, the local coroner said the gun used was a kid-friendly rifle leaving some parents wondering if the weapon is legal.

The Cumberland County coroner said the Cricket .22-caliber rifle made just for kids is what the 5-year-old was playing with when he accidentally shot his sister this week in Burkesville.

The shooting left many parents asking if it is legal to allow a child to shoot one of these guns.

An Upstate gun shop owner said they are legal but they are supposed to be used with parental supervision at all times.

Sharp Shooters General Manager Jim Braziel in Greenville said he sells several of these kid rifles a week. They come with a price tag of $155, but he said it's still the same process like buying an adult firearm.

"You have to be 18 years old. They have to go through the same background check for any firearm, but it's up to the parent to teach the child proper gun safety," Braziel said.

Braziel said the firearms are completely safe because they only load one .22 bullet at a time. He also said there's not an age limit on when a child can start using kiddy rifles.

According to South Carolina law, "Gun owners are not required to have a gun lock. They are required to keep the weapon away from small children and if an accident occurs, they could face neglect charges."

Sharp Shooters recommends it when a child becomes interested in guns. Braziel also said it's up to the parents to use that time to teach them proper gun safety.

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