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Gun falls, child injured

A 2-year-old boy was injured when his father's .38 caliber revolver fell out of his pocket and fired, hitting him in Brgy. Granada , Bacolod City, at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Reports said that the boy's father, whose name was not disclosed, was hanging his jacket on the wall at their house when the gun fell.

The boy was hit on his right leg and was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where he is now confined.

Bacolod City Police Office Director, Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, reminded gun holders yesterday to keep their firearms properly to avoid similar incidents.

De la Paz said that although the injury was not intentionally inflicted, the boy's father is still criminally liable and may face charges for reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries.

He said there have been a lot of cases where children sustained serious injuries while others died because their parents, who have guns, do not keep them in a safe place.

City Police Firearms Explosives Security and Guards Section chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada said they are not remiss in reminding gun holders of their responsibility.

Leada said they conduct seminars for first-time gun holders on how to handle their firearms carefully. The only problem is, that there are some who are negligent.*APN




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