TAUNTON – The Taunton Rifle and Pistol Club has a junior rifle team for children 12 years old through high school.
Those children are trained in the safe use and handling of firearms. But nobody that young is ever allowed to own a gun or have access to one without adult supervision, said David Burgess, a member of the club’s executive board.
“You have to make sure they understand the responsibility that goes along with it,” Burgess said.
“You don’t take it out. You don’t play with it. You never, ever point a firearm at another person and you treat every firearm as if it were loaded,” Burgess said.
On Monday afternoon a 13-year-old boy shot his 12-year-old neighbor in the arm on Highstone Street in Taunton possibly in connection with an incident of “Facebook bullying,” Taunton Police Lt. Paul Roderick said.
Roderick said the suspect