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Firearms, as well as, many other modern tools such as chainsaws and automobiles are always potentially dangerous. However, with proper education and training they are not inherently unsafe! YOU must be ever vigilant in regards to the safe operation and storage of firearms. Proper training and your common sense is essential to safely utilizing a firearm. ALWAYS remember the Primary Rules of Gun Safety:
1. ALWAYS ACT AS IF A GUN IS LOADED! Never assume otherwise- conduct a safety check (Remove source of ammo-cycle action-visual & physical inspection of the chamber)
2- NEVER POINT AT SOMETHING or SOMEONE YOU DO NOT INTEND TO HARM OR DESTROY! (No horse play! There are serious consequences for misusing a firearm)
4- FINGER OF TRIGGER! (Keep your finger off the trigger, preferably on the side of the frame until on target and ready to shoot)

Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program
What is The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program?

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun. These steps are presented by the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules:

  If you see a gun:
                            Don't Touch.
                          Leave the Area.
                            Tell an Adult.
Begun in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 26 million children - in all 50 states. This program was developed through the combined efforts of such qualified professionals as clinical psychologists, reading specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, and law enforcement personnel.

Anyone may teach The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, and NRA membership is not required. The program may be readily incorporated into existing school curriculum, taught in a one- to five-day format, and used to reach both levels or simply one or two grades. Materials available through this program are: student workbooks, 7-minute animated DVD, instructor guides, brochures, and student reward stickers. Program materials are also available in Spanish.

The NRA is committed to helping keep America's young children safe. In efforts to do so, we offer our program at a nominal fee. Schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers, and libraries may be eligible to receive grant funding to defray program costs. Grant funding is available in many states to these groups to cover the cost of all program curriculum materials.

The purpose of the Eddie Eagle Program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children. The program makes no value judgments about firearms, and no firearms are ever used in the program. Like swimming pools, electrical outlets, matchbooks and household poison, they're treated simply as a fact of everyday life. With firearms found in about half of all American households, it's a stance that makes sense.