BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Multiple law enforcement agencies have banded together to develop an initiative to educate youth on firearm safety and awareness.
“Our state and local partners are confident that this campaign will be successful in helping to reduce the number of tragic firearm accidents involving our youth that occur simply because of the lack of education and understanding of the dangers and the devastating effects of firearms when they are not handled properly,” U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr., said.
In 2013, East Baton Rouge Parish has witnessed three accidental deaths due to the misfiring of a gun. The victims were 18, 17, and 2-years-old. The individuals arrested for Negligent Homicide were 19, 18, and 16. Through a series of presentations, officials hope to create better awareness among youth about firearm safety.
“Presentations are conducted by POST/FBI Firearms Instructors and will utilize props and ballistic shoot tank for a live fire demonstration,” a press release noted. “The presentations can be conducted at any community event, summer camp or school camp and will focus on safety and awareness issues.”
Currently there are 6 scheduled events.
Saturday, June 1, 2013 (10:00 – 4:00)
“Obesity for the Birds” BREC Trail Walk/Community Against Drugs and Violence, Inc. (CADAV) Pre-Juneteenth Community Outreach Festival
Howell Place Gym, 7716 Howell Boulevard, Baton Rouge
• Saturday, June 8, 2013 (9:00 – 1:00)
Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church’s Annual Health Fair
16443 Plank Road, Baker
• Saturday, June 15, 2013 (1:00 – 5:00)
Gus Young Park, 4200 Gus Young Avenue, Baton Rouge
Saturday, June 29, 2013 (1:00 – 5:00)
One Voice One Dream One Team
4th Annual Pack the Park
SAIA BREC Park, 855 North Donmoor Avenue, Baton Rouge
• Saturday, July 27, 2013 (7:00 – 12:00)
Project R.I.D.E., Inc.
Back to School Seminar
Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 17200 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge
• Saturday, December 7, 2013 (12:00)
Community Against Drugs and Violence, Inc. (CADAV) Christmas Festival
Scotlandville Elementary School, Pembroke at 75th Avenue, Baton Rouge
For more information or to schedule a presentation, call (225) 389-0443.