Q13Fox looked at 2014’s Lake Stevens shooting and how current state law provides no felony charge when an adult lets a child access a firearm:
“Neighbors were astonished the boy could even reach the weapon.
‘I’m just relieved to hear he’s being charged with something,’ said Kim Hasseler. ‘I feel really strongly that he has a right to own a gun, but that child had a right to be in a safe home and he put his child in danger by having a 3-year-old you know running around with guns accessible.’
“I can’t believe that they would leave 2 kids in a room with a loaded gun,’ said Buzz McLeod.
Even though Michael has recovered quickly, neighbors wonder if his father should be facing a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
‘A felony might be poetic justice,’ said Hasseler. ‘Maybe then he couldn’t own any more guns.'”
Watch the full piece here.