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Guns in kids' bedrooms? Ohio hunting town approves

BIG PRAIRIE, Ohio (AP) - A 10-year-old boy who kept guns in his Ohio bedroom and now is accused of killing his mother has stirred up debate over whether children should have access to weapons.

Authorities say the boy picked up a rifle and shot 46-year-old Deborah McVay after an argument over chores. The boy's age has exposed the divide between rural and urban in a nation where 80 million people are registered gun owners.

Children in northeast Ohio's Big Prairie learn to fire guns as easily as they would learn to ride a bicycle. Residents say guns are a part of life and McVay's death was a parenting issue.

Psychologists caution that a 10-year-old can't comprehend the long-term consequences of using a gun to harm another person.

The boy has pleaded the equivalent of not guilty to a charge of murder as a juvenile.

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