The death of an Arizona shooting instructor by a 9-year-old student is generating discussion about gun control.
39-year-old Charles Vacca died Monday after he was shot in the head.
Authorities say he was standing next to the young girl when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi machine gun.
This tragic accident has many Chattanoogans wondering... is 9 years old too young to handle a firearm?
You have to be 21 years old to carry a gun in Tennessee.
But, there are no age restrictions if you just want to go to the range and shoot a firearm. Ranges can set their own rules when it comes to age, but Carter Shooting Supply in Harrison follows the state guidelines.
"I encourage it. We encourage people to bring their kids in to shoot," says store owner, Kristi Manning.
But not when it comes to high powered, automatic weapons, like an Uzi. This shooting range doesn't have one of those. The one in Arizona where this deadly accident happened does.
"When I first saw it, I thought it was horrible. When I started reading the story, I was like, 'What? This is crazy.' It lacks common sense," says Manning.
Despite this tragedy, the Mannings say firearm education is crucial for everyone who might find themselves in a situation using a gun for protection or for entertainment.
And that education, she says, should start at a young age.
Taylor Manning's family owns this store and she has been around firearms her entire life.
"I've been shooting probably since I was 6 or 7. They got us started at an early age."
Manning says, "Accidents can happen. Very quickly. And I think kids need to be aware of it if they come in contact with a gun and what kind of damage it can do."
By: Kelsey Bagwell