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Students at the shooting range for gun safety

By Bonnie Silkman , Weekend GMC Anchor / Reporter , bonnie.silkman@krdo.com
Published On: Mar 19 2014 02:33:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 02:43:48 PM CDT

Gun Safety in School

PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -

Middle school students moved their lesson from the classroom to the shooting range.

It wasn’t your typical field trip. A group of students in Pueblo County was firing live ammo and learning about gun safety.

"I'm very excited, today we're going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we've learned about the revolutionary war," said Jonah Statezny, a Craver middle school student.

"My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range," said another student, Danielle Cooper.

These students have been on field trips before. But not one quite like this.

Guns in school can be a touchy subject.

"Often firearms and schools don't mix. There's a big fear there. So we are pushing the safety aspect and hopefully ease some people’s fears," said Timothy Baird, with the Craver Middle School

Appleseed is a nonprofit, dedicated to teaching American history and traditional marksmanship.

For the first time, the national organization brought guns into a classroom, right in Pueblo County.

"We've never been allowed to bring actual real firearms into a school. Until this week. This is a very big deal. We had them touching fire arms, holding them and learning about how to handle them safely,” said Elizabeth Blackwood with Appleseed.

"I think everyone should learn how to use a gun but learn how to use it properly, and the precautions you’re supposed to take and how serious a gun really is," said Statezny.

"I think they should learn and it's actually pretty good advice," added Cooper.

It’s advice some teachers think needs to be in the hands of students in school.

“Personally I think it's a great step forward," said Baird. 

The school got permission from the Pueblo County Sheriff's office and all the parents for gun lessons and the field trip.

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