Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza in Washington state has granted a temporary restraining order against Sean B. Fawcett to prevent him from giving his 9-year-old son access to a shotgun. The mother, Laura Vissydas, argued that her son came back with bruises on his shoulder and that Fawcett is unable to fully protect her son due to his deafness.
Visvydas insists that Fawcett would not be able to hear her son gain access to the shotgun if the boy wanted to play with the weapon. Moreover, she argued, “Guns are unquestionably dangerous.”
Fawcett’s attorney, Dennis Cronin, responded by noting that “Skiing downhill at Schweitzer (for) a child this age is inherently dangerous. We don’t have people coming in here asking for restraints on that. He added “You don’t see people coming in saying (the) child can’t go swimming in the lake at 9 because he might drown. Essentially what they are saying, with no facts, (is) ‘restrain him from letting his father teach him to be around and supervise his use of a firearm because he might get hurt.’ Show me the facts beyond speculation and this opinion of fear.”
This is the third judge to agree with the mother on the issue.
There is a whole line of “kiddie shotguns” for the diminutive hunter, here.
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