ALBANY, Ore. -- The Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation is hosting a Kids Firearm Safety course Thursday, June 14. It will be hosted by and held at the Albany Police Department.
Staff with Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation say now more than ever kids need to know about firearm safety. It's their goal as an organization to prevent a senseless tragedy by providing that education. The idea is to teach kids how they should respond if they encounter a firearm. This includes basic gun safety rules, respect when handling a firearm and the importance of practicing these rules regularly.
"We're actually showing the parents how these types of things could be potentially dangerous to them,” said Derek LeBlanc, president of the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation. “Plus, we're educating the kids so that if they're ever put in that position, we're empowering our kids to make sure they don't make a mistake."
LeBlanc said he's very thankful to the Albany Police Department for allowing them to host more than 60 children in their building. Albany police wanted to make it clear that they're not endorsing the event by hosting it, but they do support the message and believe it's an important one to share.
“Firearm safety is very important to the police department, and we don't want any senseless tragedies to happen, so any education that we can help provide and volunteer to provide, we're happy to do that,” said Officer Morgan Fitzgerald with the Albany Police Department.
LeBlanc wants parents to consider this course even if they don't keep guns in the house. He said the support of guns is absolutely not essential to attending this event, but parents need to be aware that not having guns in your house does not exempt your child from encountering them.
“Just because you don't have guns in your home doesn't mean your kids can't be exposed to a potential accident somewhere else, and that's why the education is so important,” LeBlanc said.
The recommended age is five years and up, but LeBlanc says he's had some children as young as three. He says the younger the better because children tend to be so inquisitive at those ages. They also take in a lot of what they see, and it's important to correct any of those dangerous experiences early on.
You can register for the event here.