Police: Maintenance men find 1-year-old holding handgun inside Bloomington apartment

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Maintenance men found a 1-year-old boy holding a gun inside a Bloomington apartment that they were fixing a pipe in Saturday, according to police.

The men called police and told them that the toddler had climbed on a dining room counter, tucked the handgun under his arm and climbed down. The boy then reportedly pointed the gun at one of the men.

The men then reportedly took the gun away from the toddler and called police.

Police responded to the report in the 1000 block of South Basswood Circle at 10:20 p.m. There, they say they found the 9mm Glock handgun was unloaded.

The boy’s father, who was home with the boy, told police he keeps the gun in a bedroom dresser, and he accused the men of removing the baby gate that keeps the child away from the room.

The maintenance men denied moving any baby gates.

Chad Laughner, who owns US Defense Solutions, said he was not surprised to hear about a child obtaining a gun. He said even the baby gate and drawer would not have been enough precaution when it comes to keeping your guns safe at home.

"At the end of the day, you are responsible for what happens with that firearm. Legally, emotionally, it’s up to you to keep that gun out of other people’s hands," Laughner said.

Laughner suggested a gun lock, though he said those were easy to break and don't offer easy access if you use your gun for safety, so an easy-to-open safe could be more practical.

He said that kids are curious and young kids can't be taught much about guns, like older children.

"There’s no one perfect fix, you just have to be a competent gun owner at the end of the day," Laughner said.

Bloomington police sent case reports to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office for review. A police spokesperson told CBS4 they decided not to press charges. Officials from Indiana’s Department of Child Services were also contacted.

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