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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
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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