There are a number of cases where an accidental shooting occurs and children are harmed.

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Study finds most kids can't tell difference between real, toy guns

November 15, 2018 - 5:30 am

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gun safety in children is a major public health concern. 

One of the biggest problems occurs when a child travels to another child's home, and a gun is left unattended or unlocked. There are a number of cases where an accidental shooting occurs and children are harmed. 

Now, there is a new report in the American Academy of Pediatrics which found that between 53 and 74 percent of children are unable to discriminate between real and toy guns. 

This dramatic finding reinforces the point that guns need to be put away and locked up if they're going to be in a family setting. 

According to the researchers, a significant percentage of gun owners do not store their weapons properly. If you combine this with the fact that many children can't distinguish between a toy and real weapon, it is a recipe for disaster.