Fatal uzi accident rekindles gun debate in Norfolk

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

NORFOLK -- The tragic fatal accident of a 9-year-old shooting and killing her instructor with an uzi, a fully automatic weapon, has no doubt stirred countless discussions across the country on gun control.

The accident happened in Arizona but the owner of a popular shop in Norfolk called Bob’s Gun Shop said the accident shouldn't have happened.

“Shooting a fully automatic weapon of any sort is very difficult. Adults have a difficult time doing it, a nine year old child would not be expected to perform in a safe manner” said owner Robert Marcus.

The Norfolk gun shop owner said putting an uzi in a child’s hands “… just defies common sense."

Bob’s Gun Shop has been in Marcus’s family for three generations. He said children can shoot on the range but not a fully automatic weapon.

In the Arizona accident the child’s parents were reportedly at the scene of the accident supervising the child. What if a parent insists their child shoot a fully automatic weapon at Bob’s Gun Shop? “That parent would have to find another range to shoot at,” Marcus firmly said.

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