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Gun safety experts say Hayden Walmart shooting was tragic, but preventable

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  An Idaho mother is dead after she was shot in a Hayden, ID Walmart after her two-year-old son found her gun in her purse. Local gun shop owner Robin Ball says the accident is both tragic and preventable.

According to a recent study about child gun deaths from 2012 to 2013, at least 100 of them involved children who died from unintentional shootings, making it roughly 2 deaths per week. Robin says all of these a preventable with proper gun care and safety.

"Really, it's just constant awareness of where that gun is and where your kids are to keep it out of the wrong hands," says Ball, the owner of Sharp Shooting in Spokane Valley.

Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies say the gun was in the victim's purse before her son found it. Ball says guns shouldn't be kept in your purse especially if you have children. She says sometimes parents keep things for their kids in purses like candy and drinks, and more often than not kids know this.

It's unclear at this point if the gun's safety was on, and Ball says if you carry a gun, it's okay to have it loaded but you always want to make sure the safety is on. "Concealed and carry permits allow you to defend yourself so it's okay to have a gun loaded," says Ball.

Ball also says the key is to make sure you limit who has access to your gun. That can be done by either keeping it in a safe at home or on your holster.

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