Ohio: Home Security Video Shows Child Finding Loaded Handgun in Couch and Pulling the Trigger

Ex- Responsible Gun Owner Matthew Rivas

DATELINE: COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to gun-related crimes last Tuesday after his child found his loaded firearm and discharged it — the scene of which was caught on camera. Matthew Rivas, of Columbus, was convicted in Franklin County Municipal Court on April 4 after his young child located a gun in a couch cushion and fired it inside a residence, nearly striking himself in the face with a bullet — causing burns and short-term hearing loss, City Attorney Zach Klein’s Office said in a news release.

Rivas pleaded guilty to one count of child endangerment and two counts of negligent firearm storage, both misdemeanor offenses. Judge Jarod Skinner sentenced Rivas to 10 days in jail and two years of probation, issued a $150 fine and ordered his gun be confiscated and destroyed, Klein’s office said. During his probation period, Rivas is barred from owning or using a gun.

Lashawndra Allen, the mother of the two children present during the shooting, called it a “critical moment” for her family and said she is grateful it didn’t result in a funeral. It’s a sign, Allen said, of the importance of gun safety and using a safe or lock to store a firearm. “We cannot control everything that happens to our children but we can lower their chances of being hurt at our hands by practicing gun safety,” Allen said in a statement. “Talking to our children about guns is not enough, especially with young children.”

The case is the first involving the city’s new safe storage law, according to Klein.


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