September 30, 2014 / 2:48 PM / 5 years ago

Canadian faces charges after six-year-old fires rifle in parked car

CALGARY Alberta (Reuters) - Canadian police charged a man with firearms offences after a 6-year-old child left in a parked car with two smaller children fired a loaded rifle through the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Monday that three children aged one to six were left in the car by their parents who parked in a cul-de-sac and went into a house.

“While gone, the eldest child fired a rifle that was sitting in the passenger seat, discharging it out of the driver’s side,” the RCMP said in a statement.

A 37-year-old man in Fox Creek in central Alberta was arrested and faces five charges including unsafe storage of firearms and child endangerment, police said. The RCMP did not release further details to protect the children’s identities.

Canada has stricter gun-control laws than the United States, and the regulations at one point included a national registry of rifles and shotguns. Legislation was passed in 2012 to scrap the registry.

(The story corrects final paragraph to note 2012 legislation to end gun registry.)

Reporting by Nia Williams; editing by Andrew Hay

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