“STOP. Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell A Grownup.” That simple but life-saving message has now reached 30 million children through NRA’s Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program, the Association announced last Friday.
Created in 1988 with the help of elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers and child psychologists, Eddie Eagle focuses on children ages pre-K through third grade. “The message is simple, easy to remember and fun for kids to learn,” said Eric Lipp, National Community Outreach Department manager.
Most importantly, it works: “Firearm related accidents among young children have been on a steady decline since NRA launched the Eddie Eagle program,” said Josh Powell, NRA executive director of General Operations. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, incidental firearm-related deaths among children in Eddie Eagle’s targeted age group have declined more than 80 percent since the program’s launch. “The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has received hundreds of stories from parents and teachers demonstrating how tragedies were avoided thanks to our program,” Powell said.
California Lawsuit Holds State DOJ Responsible For Misuse Of Funds
The California Department of Justice has been cited by a state court for its mismanagement and misuse of monies collected from a fee charged to law-abiding gun owners. As reported by NRA-ILA, the court’s ruling prohibits DOJ from using DROS (dealer record of sales) fees for unrelated objectives.
The DOJ was accused in Gentry v. Becerra of improperly overcharging gun buyers and misusing funds that were collected from the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) fee, a fee DOJ can require firearm purchasers to pay at the time of sale. The DROS fee was originally intended to fund DOJ’s background checks of prospective firearm purchasers.
While California Penal Code authorizes DOJ to require a firearm dealer to charge a purchaser a fee “no more than necessary,” the court’s ruling found DOJ lacking in its regular review of what constituted “no more than necessary.” The court’s conclusion stated that DOJ needed to “perform a reassessment of the DROS fee more frequently than every 13 years.”
South Carolina Man Fatally Shoots Home Invader
Late last Friday night, 35-year-old Antonio Roberts made the fateful decision to break into a home on Baton Rouge Road in Chester County, S.C. What Roberts apparently didn’t know was the homeowner was armed, and ready to protect his life and property.
Chester County police tell WSOC-TV that during a confrontation inside the residence, the homeowner was injured by the suspect but did manage to get off a shot, which killed Roberts. Under South Carolina’s interpretation of the "Castle Doctrine”—amended in 2006—any citizen can use deadly force to defend their home, business or car.
No charges are expected to be filed against the homeowner.