Gun control backers want legislation, education after 2nd West Bath shooting by a child

Gun control backers want legislation, education after 2nd West Bath shooting by a child

After two known incidents in the past six months in which young children in West Bath fired their parent’s unsecured firearm, gun control advocates are calling for public education on safe gun storage — and for Maine lawmakers to adopt stronger firearm regulations. Last week, Stephen R. Ambrose, 24, of West Bath was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after his 4-year-old stepson picked up his unsecured 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and fired a round into an adjacent apartment, according to the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office. Ambrose allegedly took the weapon out of a closet and set it on a dresser in the bedroom before leaving to retrieve his holster and belt. The bullet penetrated a wall and passed through the closet door of a nearby apartment, but no one was injured, according to police. In May, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ian Carr, 25, of West Bath and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child after Carr’s 2-year-old son found his unsecured, loaded 9mm handgun on a nightstand and fired a single shot that injured both parents , who were asleep at the time. The boy’s mother, Carrie Savoie, 22, sustained a gunshot wound to her leg and Carr was struck in the back of the head by two bullet fragments, according to Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry. The gun’s recoil injured the child. An infant was also asleep in the room, but unharmed. In both cases, gun regulation advocates argue storing a […]

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