After shooting death of Marion teen, a look at storing guns safely at home – WLOS

Tony Giles says every gun sold at Blueridge Outdoors comes with a cable lock, which runs through the barrel of the gun and has a key to lock it. Photo: WLOS staff

MARION, N.C. (WLOS) — 

A McDowell County couple is charged with involuntary manslaughter after deputies say their son’s 16-year-old friend accidentally shot and killed himself with a gun they had not secured.

It happened last month, at the couple’s home off Reid Street, but Roger and Kimberly Cable were charged this week.

The Cables were charged because the detective handling the case says the teens had easy access to guns at the home.

On Saturday, we stopped by Blueridge Outdoor and Survival in Marion. We spoke with the manager there about what parents need to know when it comes to safely storing a gun.

Tony Giles says every gun the store sells comes with a cable lock, which runs through the barrel of the gun and has a key to lock it.

“We have a form, every time you buy a firearm, so we go over it and say, ‘Hey look ,the firearm has to be put up. Cannot let the firearm be in the hands of a minor. Misuse of a firearm.’ And you sign that waiver every time,” Giles said.

Detectives say 16-year-old Kyle Storm Lee was playing around with a revolver that belonged to the Cables when he fatally shot himself.

“I understand, for both the families, it’s a tough situation for both sides,” Giles said.

Giles tells us that in the state of North Carolina, you must be 18 or older to purchase a rifle or shotgun.

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