ATASCADERO, Calif. - The Atascadero Police Department held a gun safety class for children ages 3-6 years old Saturday morning at their station on El Camino Real.
"The focus of the class is what to do if they find a gun, and that is based on not touching it," said Detective Kellye Netz, the class instructor. "We teach them to 'Stop, don't touch, run away and tell a grown up.'"
The class also goes over the kinds of people they might see out in public handling firearms.
"Guns are tools, and we talk about people who use guns for their jobs. The kids usually have a lot of suggestions, like cowboys, and hunters, and Army guys. So we talk about what each one of them does."
Netz says if you are going to have a firearms in your home, make sure your kids are familiar with them, and understand just how dangerous they are.
"Just going over that with your child is super important so it's not a mystery, and they are not surprised by it."
She also puts kids to the test, quizzing them on which guns on a table are real or fake, with the ultimate lessons being you never know.
So it is always best to follow the rules: Stop. Don't touch. Run away. Tell a grown up.
To learn more or sign up for the next class, visit the Atascadero Police Department's Facebook page here.