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Porter was airlifted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital where he was listed as being in critical but stable condition Sunday. Investigators said the gun belonged to Taylor's aunt Kandi Brannan.
"Anytime you have something like that it's tragic,” said Terry Walden, a firearms safety instructor that runs a shooting range in north Manchester.
Walden says while having a gun in the home is every family's right, it's the adults responsibility to make sure they're out of reach.
“It needs to be where they can control it and secure it and small children don't have the option to just pick it up,” Walden said.
Police said the gun Porter used was a Kel Tec .380, which does not have an external safety.
“If there's a round chambered in it and you pick it up and you pull the trigger, it's supposed to fire,” Walden said
Walden says in addition to not having an external safety, the Kel Tec .380 also has one of the most sensitive triggers on the market.
"The Kel Tec has a 5 ½ lb. trigger pull from the factory,” Walden said. “Which is probably the minimum I would want anybody to have for a personal defense gun.”
The gun also is small and light, and to a child might look like a toy, but Walden says any gun can be safe and any gun can be deadly, it's a matter of how responsible the owner is.
"If they're teaching them to be responsible and they're teaching them to leave mom and daddy's guns alone, then I see no problem with it,” Walden said.
Investigators said they planned to meet with the district attorney to see if charges would be filed against the person that left the gun where Porter could reach it.
Monday, March 11 2013, 12:52 AM CDT
Singer asks forgiveness from Chattanooga in video
June 19, 2013 15:29 GMT
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Musical performer Cee Lo Green is making nice with Chattanooga after his recent Riverbend appearance that drew criticism.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/190vuNs ) reported the singer and rapper says on a video posted on TMZ.com, "Forgive me, Chattanooga."
Riverbend officials have apparently cooled off and made plain they never said Cee Lo was banned from future events, but said they thought they had an agreement to keep the show clean.
Officials said they were disappointed that the artist drank onstage, cursed during his performance and mooned the audience.
In his video, Cee Lo also apologized for the late start to his show, which festival officials said was due to weather delaying his flight.
Said Cee Lo, "I meant no harm."
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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