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Mom brings son to gun show in Myrtle Beach: "They need to know what they are"

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

The Myrtle Beach gun show took place at the Convention Center this weekend.

Organizers said about 350 vendors were at this event selling shot guns, rifles, knifes and more.

A survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that households with guns have a higher percentage of children with gunshot wounds.

But Amanda Greene is one mother who doesn't believe having a gun at home is the problem.

"I grew up with several guns in the home. They were always locked, we knew not to touch them, and then at the appropriate ages we were taught how to handle them, took them out and shot them, we've just always been around them and had a healthy respect for them," said Greene.

Greene was at the gun show with her 6-year-old son. She said she wants to give him exposure so that he doesn't fear guns.

A survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics said each year around 7,500 children end up in a hospital because of a gunshot wound. And 500 children die.

"They need to know what they are, what they're used for, how to use them appropriately and I think you avoid issues," said Greene.

"The research that exists shows us that more guns is not the answer. And that we really need to expand and apply the existing background check to all the huge gaps especially in South Carolina that allow dangerous people easy access to guns," said Erin Dando, with the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Dando said she's all for gun safety with the guns that are in circulation. And Greene said she makes sure to pay attention to gun safety especially when her son goes to anyone's home.

"That's one of things I will find out if they have guns in the home, that's fine, where are they? As long as the parents can tell me they're locked up then I'm ok," said Greene.

"I think a lot of what she's doing is great. Always having it locked up is very important, I think it is important to talk to kids about it, as far as showing a small child how to use a gun, I think it depends on the child and what that age is. I certainly would not be taking my 6-year-old out and having him shot a gun," said Dando.

Organizers at the gun show said anyone buying a gun is subject to a background check.

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