A three-year-old boy died this Saturday when handling a firearm during his birthday party

in Porter, Texas,

the police of that city in the southern United States announced.

Hit in the chest

by a bullet, the boy was rushed to a fire station, where he succumbed to his injuries, police in the city, located about 25 miles north of Houston, said in a statement.

The boy was celebrating his third birthday with his family and friends when the adults present

heard a gunshot

while playing cards.

According to investigators,

the gun fell from the pocket of one of the

boy's

relatives

.

Accidents of this type have increased since the

closure of schools due to the

coronavirus

pandemic

, warned the organization Moms Demand Action, which fights against the proliferation of weapons in a country where a third of adults have at least one firearm.

"With more children at home during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to have

safe storage space. The

stakes are high," said Christine Parker, a representative for the organization in Texas.

According to an investigation by the Everytown for Gun Safety association, at least

97 deaths

are related to "unintentional shooting" of children or minors since the beginning of the year.

Texas is one of the most lax states in the United States in terms of firearms legislation, the possession and possession of which is guaranteed by the

Second Amendment of the Constitution,

according to the arms defense associations.

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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