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Louisville lawmaker wants to impose penalties on adults who leave loaded guns near children

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Rep. Jim Wayne (D-Louisville) says adults need to be held accountable when they leave loaded guns where children can find them and harm themselves. Rep. Jim Wayne (D-Louisville) says adults need to be held accountable when they leave loaded guns where children can find them and harm themselves.
A 3-year-old boy shot himself in the head after finding a gun in the backseat of the family's vehicle outside a car dealership on Nov. 13, 2017. A 3-year-old boy shot himself in the head after finding a gun in the backseat of the family's vehicle outside a car dealership on Nov. 13, 2017.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville lawmaker says adults need to be held accountable when children hurt themselves with guns left within their reach. 

Rep. Jim Wayne (D-Louisville) says Monday's accidental shooting of a 3-year-old boy is the latest in similar tragedies across Louisville in the past few years. He says such tragedies need to end, and he's pushing for legislation that would charge people responsible for leaving loaded guns near children.

Wayne says people who do so should be charged with a misdemeanor if a child dies after a self-inflicted shooting. He says the legislation is not meant to harden the blow on a suffering parent, but to remind people to take extra care with firearms. 

"There does need to be some legal consequence, at least on the books," Wayne said. "The point of making it a misdemeanor is to make people aware, or more conscious, of being safe with guns."

Wayne says children are ending up shot far too often, and a precedent has to be set. 

The 3-year-old boy who shot himself in the head in the parking lot of 44 Automart on Hurstbourne Parkway Monday evening was still in grave condition on Tuesday.

Police say the child was inside a pickup truck with his mother and a sibling as his father shopped for cars when the boy found the gun and shot himself. No one else was hurt.

LMPD says it's too soon to tell if charges will be filed in the 3-year-old's shooting.

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