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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 8:06 p.m. MDT

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Screwdriver
Casa Grande, AZ

That's a nightmare. I hope they can get through it. You have every right to have guns, but they are unforgiving.

cambodia girl
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Who is pressing the charges? Doesn't someone have to actually press charges for this to go to a judge? Help me out, please.

Twigie
Tooele, UT

Knowing that you accidently shot your brother and that you have to live with that the rest of your life isn’t that punishment enough? Eric Charlton seems like he is very remorseful. Sometimes accidents just happen. I’m sure if Eric Charlton would have known the outcome he would have never taken the gun out of the truck. I don’t think sending him to prison is going to make him any more remorseful. I not saying he doesn't deserve some punishment, but maybe community service like going and talking with youth and others about gun safety would be more beneficial.

DistantThunder
Vincentown, NJ

People will talk about eliminating gun rights, but not the right to drink alcohol. And which causes more accidents and death in the US?

Blue AZ Cougar
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@ cambodia girl

The state can press charges, the same way they could if it were a murder or robbery case. The victim doesn't always have to press charges (as is typically the case with assault or trespassing).

What a terribly sad story. You can tell by the remorse on his face that he didn't mean to shoot his brother. All the same, rule #1 in firearm safety is to never, NEVER point the gun at something you're not planning on shooting, no matter how many times you've dry-fired or checked to make sure no bullet is in the chamber. What he did was plain stupid.

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