It is a shocking statistic… 32 people die each day in the United States from guns. This week in Wilmington, a young child found a gun lying around, an incident police are calling a close call. Tuesday, four-year-old A.J. found a 9-millimeter gun in a barbecue grill behind his house. "I found a gun and gave it to somebody else." That somebody else was another kid. Luckily a maintenance man spotted them playing with it, and took it away. It turns out the gun had been reported stolen the previous month. Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said this is a perfect example of why assault weapons should never be on the streets and why kids should be taught about the dangers of guns. "Someday they are going to come across that gun, and because of that fascination level, that's exactly what is going to occur." In North Carolina, in order to buy any kind of gun, retailers require a federal criminal check conducted by the FBI. If you want to buy a handgun, a state criminal background check is needed too. If you want to carry a concealed weapon with you, that involves both federal and state criminal checks, plus taking a safety class. Chief Evangelous said problems arise when guns get into the wrong hands. "People have to secure their weapons, in their house, they cannot leave them sitting around, and for God’s sake, don't leave them in your vehicles. In your trucks, or your cars, cause that's where a lot of these guns are being stolen from."
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