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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.

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Cleland's also offers vaults.

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