Just an FYI for people who purse carry, if you're going to put it in the cart instead of carrying it on you, putting the purse down in the cart instead of on top next to a small child does more than prevent incidents like this. I know of at least one incident where a woman who didn't have children was distracted by one person and while her attention was diverted someone else stole the purse. Making it harder to reach might've prevented this.PIKE COUNTY, Ohio — A 2-year-old boy reached into his mother's purse, grabbed her handgun and accidentally fired inside a Walmart in Pike County on Thursday, according to the Waverly Police Department in Pike County.
The incident happened around 11 a.m. at the Walmart store located on Emmitt Avenue.
Police said dispatchers took a 911 call reporting a gunshot inside the store. A sergeant talked with a woman who reported her Taurus 9 mm handgun was accidentally fired by her 2-year-old son after he took it from her purse.
The gunshot hit the ceiling and caused a minor injury to the child's forehead because of contact with the magazine, according to police.
The woman, who police did not identify, was taken into custody and charged with endangering children. The toddler was released to the care of a guardian and taken to urgent care.
Ironically the woman might've been safer open carrying on her hip instead of purse carry, but Walmart frowns on open carry.
Not going to blame Walmart however, as unlike Meijer and other places they don't ban CC, and the negligence is all on the woman. She's very lucky that it didn't turn out worse than it did, like a similar situation where a child got a gun out of a woman's purse and accidentally fired a handgun killing the mother. Putting a handgun close to a toddler is so stupid IMHO it's hard for me as a safe responsible gun owner to fathom sometimes.
There is a video interview of the owner of LEPD firearms, and thankfully not from some group like Giffords or moms demand action, who would want Walmart to ban the millions of responsible carriers simply because of this idiot.
https://www.10tv.com/article/news/local ... ff5c29c1db