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August 15th, 2009
County hosts ‘Shoot Safe’ event at Cabela’s

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Hays County officials invite gun enthusiasts to take part in a Shoot Safe Hays County/Dispara Seguro firearm safety event during Cabela’s Great Outdoor Days on 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, in Buda.

Shoot Safe/Dispara Seguro Hays County is a bilingual public education and outreach effort launched last year to encourage gun safety in a county whose population has grown tremendously in the past 10 years. County officials recognized the need to address firearms safety in an area that is becoming less rural and came together to fund a safety campaign that would focus on reminding gun users to treat every gun as if it is loaded, keep their fingers off the trigger and look beyond their target.

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office will show and discuss a video on gun safety rules. Local gun safety trainers, area Boy Scouts and 4-H members will help staff an information booth stocked with free earplugs, bumper stickers and educational materials. Members of the Hays County Shooting Sports Complex Committee will be on hand to discuss gun safety as well.

The Shoot Safe Hays County/Dispara Seguro campaign was initiated in 2008 by Hays County officials with help from public relations students at Texas State University. County Judge Liz Sumter and Precinct 4 Commissioner Karen Ford initiated the idea for a localized gun safety campaign following months of debate by the Commissioners Court over proposed new gun safety regulations. Gun clubs, safety trainers and enthusiasts of shooting sports have embraced the campaign.

Individuals and businesses interested in participating in the campaign should contact County Judge Elizabeth Sumter at lizsumter@co.hays.tx.us or by phone at (512) 393-2205.

— FROM HAYS COUNTY/LAUREEN CHERNOW

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