Local leaders hope to educate public about gun safety

'This is happening too often in our community'
Posted at 10:35 PM, Oct 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-03 23:48:11-04

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police said the 4-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound last week accidentally shot himself.

Jordan Smith's 21-year-old mother was arrested and later released. They said they are recommending the Milwaukee County District Attorney charge her with leaving a firearm near a child.

Milwaukee Health Department's Violence Prevention Director, Reggie Moore, said he had 100,000 gun safety pamphlets printed on Friday, the same day Smith died.

He said he's more determined than ever to make sure no other family endures this anguish.

"This is happening too often in our community," he said. "You can be held responsible for what happens with that gun."

Gun safety reminders are about to be passed out through pamphlets written in English and Spanish. It answers questions, such as how to store your weapon in a home, including:

  • Your gun should be unloaded at all times unless it is being used
  • Guns should be placed in a locked secured location (i.e. a locked safe) away from children
  • Ammunition should be stored in a locked, secured location separate from the gun