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Local Gun Range Owners React to Arizona Accident

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12 year old Nic Bastion is a sharp shooter when it comes to hitting this target.


"i'd go out every day if I could." he says.


But he makes sure he does it safely.

In light of a gun range accident in Arizona, local range owners are evaluating safety precaution when it comes to minors handling guns.


His father, Troy, A certified conceal-carry instructor and private range owner explains..."the instructor takes a certain position when a person is firing. And it's important to be in an area where you can supervise the shooter but not where you're within the line of fire."


According to Kansas law - a person must be 18 years old to possess their  own gun.

Minors under the age of 18 may possess firearms if under the supervision of a parent, legal guardian, or qualified instructor, but there is no regulated age that a person may begin handling guns.


"I don't necessarily know the secret to this is age. I think it's preparation. I think it's the drilling and drilling and drilling, and safety skills, and what they should be doing and what they shouldn't be doing." Troy explains.


Nic's love of guns began at an early age.


"Around 5 or 6 I started with BB guns, then I slowly worked my way up from 22's, 9 millimeters, 380's" he tells us.


But all are practiced under his father's watch.

As long as a certified instructor parent or guardian  is present, there are no regulations involving minors on gun ranges in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.


"With a fully automatic sub machine gun, there is going to be what we call barrel drift. So that as the shooter shoots and as the re-coil of that weapon begins to function the weapon is gonna change positions. Its going to raise or its going to go to the side. And that's something that the instructor should always keep in mind." Troy explains.


It's something he hopes parents with children who have an interest in guns can remember.


"There are some fantastic programs out there and certainly right here in our area for children to learn safe and responsible gun handling." he says.


Nic says it's a hobby he will continue but always putting safety first.  

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