The mother of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot and killed himself thought the gun was unloaded, according to Simpsonville Police Chief Keith Grounsell.
Grounsell said the child’s 38-year-old mother, who has limited knowledge of guns, had taken the clip out of the gun, but did not realize that there was still a bullet in the chamber.
"The mother did take precautions. It wasn't that she didn't. She just didn't know how to properly unload a gun," Grounsell told WYFF. "The magazine was removed from the gun but she did not rack the slide to get the bullet out of the chamber."
He said the mother had put the gun inside a dresser, and Michael had climbed up on a pile of Christmas presents to reach it.
I guess it all depends on what you mean by precautions.