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5-year-old boy fatally shoots 2-year-old sister in KY

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On Tuesday, a little 5-year-old boy in Kentucky shot and killed his 2-year-old sister with a 22-rifle that was loaded and stashed in a corner while his mom had stepped out onto the front porch.

This wasn't his dad's gun, it was the kids gun given to him as a gift. It's a gun specifically geared to young people.

'My first rifle' that's the slogan for Crickett it's a real firearm geared toward kids. Their website shows dozens of young people holding the rifles even a couple of babies are pictured packing heat.

A Crickett is the type of 22-rifle that a 5-year-old boy in Kentucky used to fatally shoot his 2-year-old sister this week.

Handgun instructor Michael Cargill has a similar rifle at his gun shop.

"This is something that you can purchase for your child to give them the experience to shooting a firearm. It's a little kid's gun. Just a little girl's gun. And you know...cause some people want...they want to teach their kids how to shoot.. They don't want a neighbor's son or someone else like that teaching their children how to shoot," Cargill said.

Cargill feels the parents are to blame and says they should be charged with a class A misdemeanor.

He says with safety education programs like the NRA's Eddie Eagle, it's possible for kids to safely have guns, but that was not the case in Kentucky.

"If you use a program like that, a video, and you educate your kids on firearms then everything should be done right. No one is gonna get injured. These parents did not follow the rules, they did not do what was expected of them, they did not act like parents. You should not walk away and leave a child with a firearm unsupervised," Cargill said.

Austinite Leroy Boylan feels differently.

"No kid under the age of 18 should have any kind of gun whatsoever. They should be 21," Boylan said.

He's a father of two and he says he would have never considered giving his kids at gun when they were little.

"When I was growing up, my dad gave me a little bb gun but of course that was back in different times," he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, FOX 7 contacted Keystone Sporting Arms, the company that makes Crickets to see if they have any reaction to what happened in Kentucky.

They said they have no statement at this time.

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