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Boy, 10, shoots himself accidentally after finding gun at home

An arrest was made after the boy was injured.

A 10-year-old boy has been injured after accidentally shooting himself after finding a gun in his home.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said that the boy was taken to Sanford Hospital in Bemidji after sustaining the wound, with police called to the hospital at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday.

An investigation later revealed the boy had found a .22 caliber handgun unsecured in his family's home.

Details of the boy's injury and the severity of his condition have not been revealed.

An arrest was made however resulting from the incident, with formal charges pending with the Beltrami County Attorney's Office.

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Gun safety in the home

It's best practice for guns in the home to be kept unloaded in a locked box or in a gun safe, ideally in a location inaccessible by children.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation also says ammunition should be stored separately from guns.

The NSSF says that proper storage is the number one way to prevent gun accidents in the home.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute estimates that 1.7 million children live in homes where guns are kept loaded and unlocked.

Among children, 89 percent of unintentional shooting deaths happen in the home, mostly when children play with a loaded gun in their parents' absence.

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