A photo of a 6-month-old girl holding a rifle in a Connecticut gun shop has sparked controversy after it was posted on Facebook.
Christopher Duffy took the photo of his baby daughter, Genevieve at the Woodbridge Firearms Trading Post in Woodbridge, Connecticut.
"The little one actually latched onto it when I first picked it up to see how heavy it was. It's actually very light, to test the weight, so I just decided to take the picture," told WTNH.
The gun store put it on its Facebook page and a local news station did a story about it, prompting an outpouring of criticism. The store later took down the photo at the family's request.
"She can't even speak yet and she has a gun in her hand and it's bizarre," said Alexa Grose told the station.
The father said he was baffled at the negative response.
"Other people being upset about it?" Duffy told WTNH. "I don't force their kids to do anything. I don't force them to do anything. My hand was on it, the bolt was open, it was safety checked."Via WTNH New Haven