CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Derek LeBlanc with the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation is making his first appearance at the NewsWatch 12 Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation show this year. The organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit from Eugene with the goal to protect families and prevent senseless tragedies.
LeBlanc has set up an inflatable B.B. gun range at the show to teach kids about firearm safety.
"We're hoping to have a whole bunch of kids show up so we can teach them safety. The whole goal is to reach as many kids as I can in an area and teach them four basic safety fundamentals," LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc explained why it's an important exhibit for parents to bring their kids to this weekend.
"We talk about the gun. I want to open this dialogue when it comes to guns because I want those kids to know what not to do if they ever come across a gun that's not secured," LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc also said the program is designed for gun owners and those who do not have guns in their home.
"Just because we do not have guns in our home does not mean our kids can't have an accident, they can be exposed somewhere else," LeBlanc said. "The whole point is that we're talking about the gun, we're letting them know how it functions, what makes it dangerous."
The NewsWatch 12 Sportsmen's and Outdoor Recreation Show continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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