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Gun safety courses are not required in Georgia, but anyone who's ever taken a class knows to treat every gun as if it's loaded.

On October 27, an Acworth 2-year-old found his dad's gun lying on a bed and shot himself. He died.

Just 10 days earlier, someone dropped a gun inside a Dallas, Georgia home. An 8-year-old died and her mother was hospitalized.

The New York Times looked at the number of kids killed by guns under age 15. Out of five states, Georgia was at the top.

Could shootings be prevented?

During Hand Gun 101 at Stoddard's Range and Guns, people are learning how to defend themselves with a gun and how to defend themselves from their own guns.   

Just like driving a car, at some point there's a chance you might forget some of the basics. Tammi Clark did some training through ROTC.

"So that is as far as my education goes, so I felt like I needed to get re-educated," said Clark.

Ty Williams has two children.

"I was not going to acquire a gun without some training," said Williams.

And Rose Hanson doesn't own a gun at all. We asked why she's taking the class.

"Just to learn about how to use one properly if I were to ever need to," said Hanson.

Treat all firearms as if they're loaded

Ken Baye, one of Stoddards owners, said rule number one is to treat all firearms as if they are loaded.

"Education is at the top of our list," said Baye.

One thing is certain — a gun that is locked can't shoot. The locks are affordable and easy and there are many different kinds. But what if someone breaks into your home and you need access fast?

The solution is the electronic gun safe for your home or car.

"They are very quick to open," said Baye as he demonstrated how to open one.

Smart guns available abroad

There's one other solution, but it's not available in the U.S.

The smart gun recognizes its owners fingerprint or unlocks wirelessly through a ring or signal from a watch.  It's not popular with gun rights groups, but Ken Banks likes the technology.

"I think there are so many guns in circulation today, a few hundred million guns, the genie is out of the bottle," said Banks, who works for Stoddards.

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