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Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 4:47 pm, Mon Mar 25, 2013.

LAMPASAS — The Lampasas 4-H Shooting Sports Project will have a training session Monday for kids 9-18 to learn about firearms safety, shooting etiquette and general rules and guidelines for participating in upcoming tournaments.

The three-hour session will focus specifically on shotgun training, said Casey Garrett, project leader. Garret, new to the 4-H program, decided to get involved when her 16-year-old stepson, Brian Collier, showed an interest in the sport.

“We were just shooting on our land one day, and the first time he picked up a shotgun, we realized he was really good,” Garrett said. “We knew there was a local 4-H shooting program, but they needed a coach to get the program up and running again.”

As the gun control battle rages across the country, Garrett’s main priority is to teach firearms safety.

“I’m also part owner of a shooting range in Kempner, Texas Star Shooting Range, and I’m a huge believer in firearm safety,” she said. “Kids are never too young to learn safety to avoid accidents.”

Young people who want to participate in Shooting Sports Shotgun Project programs and tournaments must attend the classroom training session at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Lampasas County Annex conference room, 409 S. Pecan St. Firearms and ammunition are not allowed at the class.

Participants do not have to own shotguns, but they must be members of the 4-H program, Garrett said. Parents or guardians must attend all meetings and shooting events with their children. There is no fee for the class; however, the 4-H membership fee is $25.

Enroll in the program at the AgriLife Extension office, 409 S. Pecan St., or online at https://texas.4honline.com. For information, call (512) 556-8271, ext. 140.

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