Mayor Gray Tells of Gun Accident From His Childhood

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2011  |  Updated 6:47 PM EDT
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Tom Sherwood reports on the concern of the District's mayor about the upswing in people getting gun permits since the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city's tough gun laws.

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When D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was a boy, his father owned a gun, and one day, Gray's brother found it in their apartment and was cleaning it. After Gray got up to go to the bathroom, he heard a loud shot. His brother had accidentally fired a shot into the sofa right where Gray had been sitting prior to going to the bathroom.

Gray told this story Tuesday at a news conference when asked about a Washington Post report that the bulk of guns registered in D.C. since 2008 were purchased by residents in D.C.'s wealthier neighborhoods, NBC Washington's Tom Sherwood reported.

Gray remains a strong supporter of gun control laws and said he is troubled by the report. Gray wishes people wouldn't buy guns and said he doesn't think they need them in D.C., Sherwood reported.

The mayor said he doesn't want people to feel like they need guns at home to be safe because that can lead to more accidents with weapons.


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