Tragedy sparks gun safety discussion

Posted at 6:09 PM, Apr 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-28 19:16:20-04

MILWAUKEE -- Common sense and the law: those are the two reasons gun advocates are reminding gun owners why they need to protect their firearms.

The push comes just two days after Milwaukee County Sheriff's deputies confirm a two-year-old accidentally shot and killed his mother. According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff, the child found the gun in the backseat of a car.

"It's your duty to keep your guns out of the hands out of the hands of those who shouldn't be touching them," gun owner Sean Eaton tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "I have two young kids and my wife and I just talked about making sure they can never reach the gun," Eaton added.

Eaton owns and manages Fletcher Arms in Waukesha, and showed us several holsters and lock boxes, which can protect firearms.

"They come with a key lock and cable too so you can put it in the trunk or beneath the seat and you couldn't even pull it up," Eaton explains.

Wisconsin law allows any adult to keep a gun in his or her vehicle, even without a conceal and carry permit. With no permit, the gun owner may not hide the gun in the glove compartment or anywhere else.

There are also criminal statutes about recklessly handling weapons, but defense attorneys also explained there is a civil liability for gun owners.

"You could be sued for the damage caused," attorney Richard Hart tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "If [someone] shoots somebody or hurts somebody. That could be terrible. That could be life changing."