Atascadero police to teach 3-year-olds to run away from guns

As part of a National Rifle Association program, the Atascadero Police Department will hold a class on Saturday in which it will teach young children what to do if they see a gun.

The one-hour class is for 3 to 6-year-olds and their parents only. The course will follow the NRA’s four-step “Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.”

“Stop, don’t touch, run away and tell a grown-up” are the four steps the children will learn. The NRA has an instructional animated video and song about the steps on its website for the program.

Atascadero police say the course aims to teach gun accident and injury prevention and to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a difficult yet important topic.

The class will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Atascadero Police Department at 5505 El Camino Real. To receive more information about the course or to sign up free of charge call Community Services Officer Lauren-Ashley Purify at (805) 461-5051 or email her at lpurify@atascadero.org.

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