By Dave Collins, Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An official of the gun club where an 8-year-old Connecticut boy accidentally killed himself with an Uzi submachine gun at an exhibition has testified he wouldn’t have allowed the child to fire the weapon.

Joseph Paul spoke under cross-examination Tuesday by the defense lawyer for a former police chief who co-sponsored the 2008 show. Edward Fleury has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in the death of Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Conn.

Paul was the last prosecution witness on the trial’s opening day. He said Fleury promoted the show and arranged for people to bring machine guns. Safety meetings were held to prepare. Paul said volunteers were responsible for safe gun-handling on firing ranges.

Prosecutor William Bennett said Fleury’s “reckless and illegal actions” led to Christopher’s death. Fleury’s attorney said others made decisions leading to the accident.

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Comments (7)
  1. massman says:

    It’s so nice to see there’s a place where 8 year old children can go to experience firearms.

  2. Steven says:

    And here come the gun haters…..

  3. Lori says:

    There is nothing wrong with knowing how to use a firearm nor is there anything wrong with owning one. However, it is the parents responsibility to TEACH their child the correct way. Why is the father of this boy not being charged for allowing his son to use it? Why is it only this Fleury guy being charged?

  4. massman says:

    Steven – Gun haters? I guess bringing an 8 year old to a gun show to handle an uzi, seems sensible to you.

    Lori – Although I agree that the father, along with numerous other ignorant adults, made some stupid choices. There is no doubt that bringing children to a place where guns are glamorized, is just plain stupid. But I’m not really sure what you would charge the father with. And too be honest, the father may not be the brightest, but he did lose his child. That is punishment enough for any parent.

  5. karen says:

    when are parents going to take responsibility for their stupid actions. Who let the kid shoot the gun? Daddy did>

  6. JD says:

    There is no doubt that the father is a moron. This death should not have happened.
    Having said that…the 15 year old instructor is also too young, was not certified and is most certainly not of any legal age to be responsible for his own actions let alone the actions of anyone else. Father, instructor and event promoter are all guilty as hell of manslaughter In addition. The weapons were jamming frequently. This is an indication that the wrong ammo is being used. The guns should have been retired from service. Too many stupid mistakes not enough maturity or knowledge to wash this away as an accident.

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