Monday, October 27, 2008
Photo by David Molnar / The Republican
As his father, Sean Connery snaps a photograph, left, Devin Connery of Lunenburg, fires a Heckler & Koch Universal Machine-Pistol at the Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo sponsored by the Westfield Sportsman Club and C.O.P. Firearms and Training on Sunday. Later in the day, an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot himself to death while shooting an UZI.
WESTFIELD - An 8-year-old boy lost control of a fully automatic UZI he was shooting while at the Machine Gun Shoot And Firearms Expo. He was shooting the weapon down range when the force of the weapon made it travel up and back toward his head, where he suffered the injury. UZI’s come in many sizes, Bedlam’s shoots a short barrel Israel Military Industries 9mm. Bedlam knows the force that these weapons produce and no way even with supervision will Bedlam let an 8 year old fire one of these -- full auto.
There's an investigation going on now involving both Westfield police and the state police assigned the incident.
The Westfield Sportsman's Club, in association with COP Firearms & Training of Amherst, was conducting a machine gun shoot and firearms exposition. Bedlam has participated in many machine gun shoot, and still cannot figure why they would let juniors handle this type of weapon. A great deal of safety it presented during these events and there are a number of certified instructors on the range during active fire.
Westfield police said, "it appears the incident was purely accidental," Bedlam says accidental or not a young child is dead from a gun. Bedlam is a member of NRA and supports gun rights for Americans, Bedlam does not support gun carelessness.