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August 14th, 2009
Hays county shoots for gun safety


All gun enthusiasts are invited by Hays County officials to take part in a Shoot Safe/Dispara Seguro firearm safety event. The program will take place in Buda during Cabela’s Great Outdoor days on Aug. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shoot Safe/Dispara Seguro is a bilingual public education and safety outreach effort launched to encourage gun safety. As the population of the county has grown, public officials recognized the need to address firearms safety in an area that is becoming rapidly less rural.

The  program is a reminder to gun owners to treat every gun as if it is loaded, keep their fingers off the trigger and look beyond their targets when shooting.

At the event, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) will show and discuss a video on gun safety rules. Members of the Hays County Sports Complex Committee will be there to discuss the issue, as well.

Boy Scouts, 4-H members and local gun safety trainers will help staff an information booth. The booth will be stocked with free earplugs, bumper stickers and educational materials.

The Shoot Safe/Dispara Seguro campaign was initiated in 2008 by Hays County officials and public relations students at Texas State. Hays County Judge Liz Sumter (D-Wimberley) and Precinct 4 Commissioner Karen Ford (D-Dripping Springs) originated the idea of a local gun safety campaign.

Gun clubs, safety trainers and gun enthusiasts have aided in the campaign’s acceptance.

Individuals and businesses interested in partcipating in the program should call (512) 393-2205 or contact County Judge Liz Sumter at

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0 thoughts on “Hays county shoots for gun safety

  1. I hope that this is an all volunteer activity, that not one dollar of taxpayer money is being spent on such a program. I always thought it was a PARENTS job to teach their children gun safety. I’m pretty sure teaching gun safety is not a real duty of the county government. They have been known to over reach their lawful mandate into the private lives of citizens in the name of keeping us ‘safe’ from ourselves.

    Let’s use their own words and rephrase them to accurately reflect the duty of all citizens.

    … The program is also a reminder to gun owners to treat every government as if it is loaded, keep their fingers on the trigger and look beyond their targets when shooting…

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