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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Federal, State And Local Law Enforcement Announce The Unveiling Of Additional Assets To Aid In The Efforts To Reduce Accidental Firearm Deaths Among Children

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that in a continuing effort to promote an educational program about firearm safety and awareness, Louisiana Law Enforcement for Gun Safety is unveiling two additional demonstration trailers on September 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, 1175 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.

Louisiana Law Enforcement for Gun Safety was created in response to the alarmingly high rate of accidental firearm injuries and deaths among children in Louisiana. The program uses certified firearm instructors to teach parents and children about gun safety through an interactive presentation involving live demonstrations and the distribution of gunlocks. The Project aims to (1) identify the hazards of unsecured firearms, why children are fascinated with firearms, and ways to safely maintain firearms; (2) identify distinguishing characteristics between real and toy guns; and (3) illustrate the destructive force of firearms through the use of the demonstration trailer.

Presentations are conducted at schools, camps and community events. Since its inception in June 2013, the Program has reached approximately 22,100 children and distributed 300 gunlocks to adults.

The demonstration trailers will be geographically disbursed throughout the state and will be housed by Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office, Gretna Police Department and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. The program is available for use by all Louisiana law enforcement agencies in Louisiana through the endorsements of the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts, Baton Rouge City Constable’s Office, Louisiana Department of Corrections, Louisiana Sheriff’s Association, Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, Louisiana City Marshals and City Constables Association, Louisiana District Attorneys Association, Louisiana State Police, and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

Updated December 15, 2014