POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 4:00pm
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden, District Attorney Hillar Moore, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, Coroner William “Beau” Clark, and Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White are jointly issuing this alert together to warn parents, young adults, and teenagers of the danger our community is currently facing from the improper use and mishandling of firearms. It is against federal law for any person under age 21 to possess or handle a handgun except while engaged in adult supervised activity (shooting sports, hunting, etc.). Similar prohibitions are in place for the possession and use of long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, by anyone under age 18.
Since January 1, 2013, Baton Rouge police officers and sheriff's deputies have had to respond to multiple shootings involving minors killed by others mishandling firearms. In these cases, the adult owners of these weapons should expect to face prosecution for negligent homicide or improper supervision of a minor.
Often times these shootings are referred to as accidental shootings. This is not correct. These are not accidents. They are foreseeable injuries and deaths that can occur whenever the adult owners of these firearms leave them unsecured where children and young adults can access them.
To reduce future senseless killings, we are urging parents and other adults in the Baton Rouge Community secure their weapons and provide adult supervision for any shooting activities. Together we can avoid future deaths while we mourn the loss of three minors due to needless shootings in the first month of this New Year:
● Enrico Green , 15, died on. Deaundre Williams, 20, was arrested for this death by handgun.
● Travin Varice , 2, died on Monday, Jan. 21. Terrance Varise, 18, was arrested for this death by handgun.
● Marcus Williams , 17, died on Saturday, Jan. 26. A 16 year old juvenile was arrested for this death by handgun.
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