TUPELO – Police Chief Tony Carleton wants to make safety a way of life for gun owners.
The Tupelo Police Department is offering the department’s first community gun safety workshop on May 23 for ages 6 and up. Carleton said the department has always received calls from the public about gun safety and decided it was time to offer a class.
“We try to listen to the public and provide services that will help them and this gun safety course is an example of that,” said Carleton. “We are aware that there are a large number of people who own guns in our community and we want them to know the proper ways to store, clean and maintain them.”
Participants will not learn how to shoot firearms.
“This is not about shooting guns and hitting targets,” said class organizer Sgt. Katarsha White. “This is about knowing how to stay safe around guns, especially for children. We urge parents to bring their children out to the workshop so they can learn the dangers of firearms. We feel parents and children should learn together just how dangerous guns can be.”
The workshop will be held at the Tupelo Police Athletic League on Robert E. Lee Drive.
Call for details
– For more information on registration, call Sgt. Katarsha White at (662) 842-6491 or (662) 871-7856.
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