*Bullets and Burgers, an Arizona shooting range that rests on the Nevada border, may have to rethink their policy following the horrific accidental killing of one of their instructors by a 9-year-old student that he was training.
The range allows customers as young as 8-years-old to handle a variety of weapons — from fully automatic machine guns to .50-caliber sniper rifles and according to authorities, the child was vacationing with her family when the accident happened.
The shooting happened at 10 a.m. Monday at Arizona Last Stop, a highly popular tourist spot southeast of Las Vegas. According to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, instructor Charles Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl, teaching her how to use an automatic Uzi as the girl’s parents stood nearby, videotaping the experience.
As the girl pulled the trigger, the recoil caused her to lose control of the gun, and Vacca accidentally took a bullet to the head, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said. The instructor was flown to University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Sam Scarmardo, the gun range operator, was distraught about Vacca’s death.
“It’s like losing a brother,” Scarmardo said. “These aren’t employees or associates of ours, these are family. We’re all family.”
Many gun ranges allow children who are 8 years and older – with parental supervision – to shoot firearms, Scarmardo said.
“We instruct kids as young as 5 on .22 rifles, and they don’t get to handle high firearms, but they’re under the supervision of their parents and of our professional range masters,” Scarmardo said.
Guns in the hands of babies. What better ingredient for disaster? This poor child is traumatized for life. She and her parents are in my prayers – not to mention the instructor.
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