8th Annual Shootist Expo in Murrieta, California
Murrieta, California - This weekend marks the Shootist's 8th Annual Spring Event and Expo. An ever popular outing for the community, last year's Expo drew more than 1,000 people from the surrounding neighborhoods.

At first you might think it's nothing more than a sale, but Erin Archbold-Silman, an ever important cog in The Shootist's gears, ensures it's much more than that. In fact, here's just a taste of what you're going to see this weekend in Murrieta:

  • Murrieta Fire Department will be promoting promoting the Phil Armentrout Memorial Trap Shoot for Charity. Chief Armentrout answered his last alarm on December 27, 2005. He started this event that year to benefit the ACS Relay for Life, and The Shootist and MFD carry on that tradition with honor.
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Last week KUSA9 in Colorado ran a great piece about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program being taught to elementary school students in Castle Rock.

Gun safety program taught to elementary school students

Eddie Eagle teaches gun safety to Academy Charter School on NRAblog

Brandon Lee knew he had to do something when his young children reached the age where they became curious about guns. While guns are not present in their home, he knew they were in the homes of families where his children play. He wanted his kids to know what to do if they ever came in contact with a gun.

When two young children in Colorado were accidently killed by guns in the last three months, Lee decided to take his idea of a gun safety program to his children's school, Academy Charter School in Castle Rock.

The idea was embraced by the school's administration.

Lee worked with an existing program called Eddie Eagle, which was developed by the National Rifle Association. The program has been taught for several years by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Lee was able to arrange for two sheriff's officers to come to Academy Charter School and teach the gun safety program for about 300 kindergarten through fourth grade students.

Watch video of the segment and read the rest of the article on KUSA9's website here.

Jon Draper, Program Coordinator for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, wrote this article about a couple new Eddie Eagle costumes that have popped up in Florida. 

The Eddie Eagle mascot costume program is starting off 2012 at a great pace and has already made sure that two brand new Eddie Eagle mascot costumes have found new homes with law enforcement in Florida!

The Dunnellon Police Department and the Lake City Police Department are extremely appreciative of the grant funding that they received from the NRA Foundation to purchase these costumes. The new costumes will undoubtedly have a lasting positive effect on the children in those areas.

The funding for the costumes, $2800 each, was awarded to the departments through an NRA Foundation Grant with funds raised by the Friends of NRA in Florida.

We strongly encourage all law enforcement agencies to improve their Eddie Eagle presentations by applying for an Eddie Eagle mascot costume grant through the NRA Foundation.

Learn more about NRA Foundation Grants for Eddie Eagle costumes on their website or call (800) 231-0752.

Senior Event Services Coordinator Nicole McMahon told us about a 2011 Y.E.S. alum Amanda Krpan teaching the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program to over 200 cub scouts in Melrose, Florida. We asked for more so she sent us the details straight from Krpan:

YES Alum Amanda Krpan bring Eddie Eagle to Cub Scout Troop in Florida

Earlier this month, I presented to the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to over 200 cub scouts at an event called Buc Tuocs at Camp Shands in Melrose, Florida! The day is designed for the cub scouts to go to different stations like archery, learn about bugs, animal tracks and the wonderful work of Eddie Eagle.

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Turning the clock back a bit, have a look at this Eddie Eagle video on proper gun safety. Although it was made a while back, the message has not changed and the methods have not either.

Created in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program has reached more than 25 million children with its easily remembered rules for when you see a gun:

  • STOP!
  • Don't Touch
  • Leave the Area.
  • Tell an Adult.

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Jon Draper, Program Coordinator for the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, sent us the first Eddie Eagle update of the New Year from the Mason County Sheriff's Office.

Eddie Eagle with two offers from the Mason County Sheriff's Office on NRAblogMason County Illinois Sheriff Wayne Youell announced that the National Rifle Association has awarded the Mason County Sheriff’s Office’s with an Eddie Eagle costume to assist sheriff’s officers in teaching Mason County’s youth about gun safety.

“Our office is excited to have been awarded this costume and happy to be partnering with the National Rifle Association for this great cause,” said Youell. “We feel the costume will greatly enhance our education efforts of gun safety to our county’s children. Plan to see Eddie Eagle present at many of our community events.”

NRA's Eddie Eagle tells kids “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Eddie Eagle on NRAblog 2011 was a banner year for NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program as they achieved yet another milestone in December by reaching their 25 millionth child with the life-saving message, “If you see a gun: STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Eddie Eagle program manager Eric Lipp explained why the program works, “Through the assemblies, videos, coloring books, stickers and everything else, the program leaves a lasting, positive impression on everyone who attends — adults and children alike.”

Created in 1988 by past NRA President Marion P. Hammer, in consultation with elementary school teachers, law enforcement officers, and child psychologists, the program provides pre-K through the third grade children with easy to follow rules should they ever encounter a firearm while unsupervised.

“Now that 25 million children have gone through the Eddie Eagle program, we can concentrate on reaching the next 25 million with this important life saving message,” said Kayne Robinson, NRA Executive Director of General Operations.

To learn more about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program, visit their website at www.nrahq.org/safety/eddie.

Youth Education Summit participant Theodore Mikrut teaches Cub Scouts about Eddie Eagle. Sandwich, Illinois - 2011 Y.E.S. alumnus Theodore Mikrut participated in the Boy Scouts Three Fires Council Camporall last weekend at the Sandwich Fairgrounds in Illinois. The three-day event was enticing enough to draw almost 4,000 people who gathered despite the high winds and brisk October temperatures.

Before being allowed onto the range that weekend, every Cub Scout at Camporall was taught about the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program by Mikrut to ensure any scout interested in shooting was introduced to proper safety information.

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NRA members asked for it, and here it is - the 2012 $5 Silver Cougar, the latest piece in a series of wildlife coins from Universal Coin & Bullion, the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Dealer of the Universal Coin announces the release of the 2012 Silver Cougar Coins, the third coin in the silver Wildlife Series on NRAblog NRA. You may remember them as sponsors of the National Pistol Championships at Camp Perry, the NRA Bianchi Cup, and Eddie Eagle, and our friend Paul Stein, the Vice President of Marketing, filled us in on the exciting news about their newest wildlife coin:

The Cougar, the latest issue in a popular series of legal tender, silver bullion coins depicting North American wildlife, is now available.

Struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, each of the coins is made of one-ounce of 99.99 percent pure silver. The Cougar is the third in a planned series of six commemorative coins celebrating North American wildlife.

"As the Official Bullion and Rare Coin Dealer of the NRA, we are excited that the announcement of the 2012-dated Royal Canadian Mint silver Cougar created a buzz at the World’s Fair of Money in Chicago this past summer. The first two coins in the series, the Timber Wolf and the Grizzly Bear, sold quickly, and the same is expected to happen with these stunning Cougar coins," said Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion.

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