Valley Gun Range Talks Safety After Arizona Incident

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Jordan Coffman is a manager at “The Gun Range” in Mount Crawford.

He was shocked to see the video of a nine year-old girl who accidentally shot and killed her instructor while firing an Uzi sub-machine gun.

"It's kind of scary to see, whenever you see something like that happen it's definitely saddening," said Coffman, “in my opinion, they should have probably kept it on semi-automatic and not switch it to fully automatic obviously because she's a nine year-old girl."

It is legal to own an automatic weapon in Virginia, but some gun ranges don't allow them just in case something similar to this does happen.

"We don't allow any fully automatics here, but we just try to keep a close eye on everything and make sure everybody's being safe," said Coffman.

He thinks this incident is something we can all learn from.

"I definitely think this should be a big learning experience for all instructors, all ranges, and anybody that's teaching their younger child or whoever nay be to fire safely and do it in a manner that won't injure them or the person teaching them," said Coffman.

Coffman hopes he doesn't have to watch another video like this again. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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