MovieClip across keyframes


I’m having a really annoying problem with ActionScript 3 and finding MovieClips.
It’s a little hard to explain but I’ll try my best. I have a MovieClip that is an animated character that spans across about 30 keyframes. Within that MC, there is a gun in its own MovieClip that appears on each frame of the characters clip. That gun needs to rotate to the mouse. I tried giving the gun MC the same name on each frame of the character, but then Flash only draws it once on the first frame instead of redrawing it throughout the character MovieClip.

Does anyone know how I can put this gun in the character but still be able to call it with ActionScript in order to rotate it and manipulate it?

Any help is greatly appreciated.