In this Aug. 25, 2014 image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff Department, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)
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LAS VEGAS: The death of a firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.With gun laws keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people – especially those outside the U.S. – indoor shooting ranges with high-powered weapons have become a popular attraction.The accidental shooting death of the firing-range instructor in Arizona set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.The recoil wrenched the Uzi upward, and Vacca was shot in the head.Giving a child an Uzi is a different story.Excitement over guns tends to spike when there's fear of tighter gun restrictions, according to Dan Sessions, general manager of Discount Firearms and Ammo, which houses the Vegas Machine Gun Experience.In 2008, an 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with an Uzi at a gun expo near Springfield, Massachusetts.
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