The nine-year old girl who accidentally killed her shooting instructor at a Las Vegas shooting range has aroused further debate about gun laws and how old kids should be when going shooting, let alone armed with an Uzi.
The accident occurred when the recoil from the powerful weapon causing the girl to shoot and kill the instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca.
Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of the book “Gunfight: The Right to Bear Arms in America,” said shooting ranges can adopt their own policies on how old a person has to be to handle their weapons.
“Generally there are no age restrictions to use a shooting range. As long as the minor is supervised by an adult, there are no laws barring minors from shooting firearms,” Mr. Winkler said.
“There’s nothing wrong with having children at gun ranges,” he continued. “Shootings at gun ranges are freak accidents. They don’t happen very often. Usually there’s no place where shooters are more supervised than on a gun range.”
The debate will rage and the constitutional issues continue. But the shootings, even by nine-year-olds it appears, are likely to continue.