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Three year old Damon Holbrook died on Sunday afternoon.

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Damon's dad calls the gun accident a living nightmare.  Brian Holbrook is asking everyone to remember safety first.  He says to lock your gun up and put it out of reach of anyone who has no business being around one, especially kids.

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Damon's father Brian posted on Facebook saying he misses his son terribly.  He wrote, "I will still support the Second Amendment. All I ask is that everyone please, please safety first … My boy would still b [sic] here if it was put away like it should have been."

"There is actually no specific way to store a firearm because each family is different," says Chad Cleland, a gunsmith and trainer at Cleland's Outdoor World in Swanton.

Cleland says kids are naturally curious, so gun owners need to talk to them about the danger and store the firearm so they can't get to it.

"Depends on the age of the children, but generally locked up is the best if it's not in your control," says Cleland.

Cleland says most guns have locks already built into them, however, the store sells separate locks that hook onto the trigger.

Cleland's also offers vaults.

"It's a very tragic thing that hopefully we can learn and learn how to store firearms safely to help it from happening again," says Cleland.

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Hoover supports a bill introduced in Columbus to make it a crime to have a gun in the house that is not locked or secure if a minor is able to gain access.

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