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Gun Safety and Awareness for Parents

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The Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office, is presenting a “Gun Safety and Awareness Training for Parents” on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Medina County Achievement Center (4691 Windfall Road, Medina). This gun safety program is designed to help parents, both with and without children with developmental disabilities, learn the steps they can take to help their children understand gun safety and awareness.

Statistics show that approximately 3.3 million children in the U.S. live in households with firearms that are, at times, kept loaded and unlocked. Most unintentional firearm-related injury and deaths among children occur in or around the home; 50 percent at the home of the victim, and 40 percent at the home of a friend or relative. As many as 75 percent of first and second graders know where their parents’ gun is kept and a child as young as 3 years old may be strong enough to pull the trigger of many handguns.

During the training, Deputy Paul Demko, who has 22 years of law enforcement experience and is an Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified instructor, will talk about ways to increase gun safety and awareness inside and outside of a parent’s home. He will discuss some simple precautions which may help lower the likelihood of a gun-related accident. Through funding from a grant, the Sheriff’s office will also hand out gun locks to those in attendance (limit of 25 available). Additional methods for firearms security will be on display for demonstration and questions.

The “Gun Safety and Awareness for Parents” program is open to anyone, and registration is requested. For more information, visit www.mcbdd.org or call 330-725-7751 ext. 306.

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