Gwinnett County

Gwinnett PD releases PSA about child gun safety

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Gwinnett County police are reminding residents that gun ownership comes with responsibility, after a recent accidental shooting left a child dead.

The Gwinnett County Police Department created a video as a public service announcement, warning parents of the dangers of leaving guns unattended or within reach, and telling children to report finding a gun to an adult immediately.

Watch the video below:

Child Gun Safety from TVgwinnett on Vimeo.

The PSA comes after the most recent of several accidental shootings involving children within the past year.

Alan Martinez, 11, was playing with a gun March 11 in a garage on Appaloosa Trail, when he accidentally shot himself and died.

Martinez’s mother was inside the home when the shot was fired, according to police.

Gwinnett police said there have been a number of recent accidental shootings involving children.

“The Second Amendment affords citizens the right to keep and bear arms. This right comes with great responsibilities for gun owners. Guns must be kept secured and out of the reach of children and unauthorized persons. Don’t let an important right turn into a tragedy.

“The following video was made to offer reminders about gun safety and to highlight how important it is to be as proactive about gun safety as you are about gun ownership. We are committed to improving the quality of life in our community through education,” Police Chief Butch Ayers said.