Eddie Eagle says STOP! Don't Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program taught its valuable lesson to students in South Carolina thanks to Sergeant Tony Ayers

Sergeant Tony Ayers of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department in South Carolina is a big supporter of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program.

"I feel it is very important to teach gun safety to kids," Ayers said. "Hopefully I will speak to that one kid who will remember what I said and that will prevent a child from being shot."

There are two main reasons why he likes teaching Eddie Eagle's message:

Toy guns, like Air Soft, look identical to and function just like real firearms.

"Without the Eddie Eagle program teaching kids to not touch guns they could easily mistake a real one for a toy," Ayers said.

Second, not all kids have the opportunity to learn how to safely handle firearms and that they aren't to be played with if found. The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program steps in and makes sure all children know not to play with a gun if they find one.

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11 paper and 7 steel targets on NRA Tactical Police course

View from the top of NRA's Louisiana Tactical Police Competition course #4

Anderson, South Carolina - Though the sun rose high last Saturday at the Skip J Range, the shadows loomed even larger during NRA's Louisiana Tactical Police Competition (TPC). Hiding the fears and frustration of competitors as they made their way through the seven courses, our cameras were only able to capture so much. What we captured on Course #4 (pictured above) – titled "Suspect on the Loose" – was almost close enough to taste the gun powder.

It began as shooters stood on the starting line — duty gun holstered and ready to go.

Running down the hallway in NRA's Suspect on the Loose course

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Shooters start on their bellies before picking up their pistols

Anderson, South Carolina - NRA's Tactical Police Competition in Anderson, South Carolina was comprised of seven different courses that challenged the competitors speed, accuracy and mobility. The second course, housed in the second bay of the Skip J Range, focused on the handgun.

Starting in the prone position with their pistol (muzzle down range) just out of reach. When the bell sounds, they recover their firearm and engage eight separate targets from three different firing positions.

The average score on course #2 was 36 seconds.

More than 90 law enforcement officers compete at the Skip J Range

NRA Tactical Police Competition winners Eric Eckhardt and Marc Scroggins
Eric Eckhardt, on the left, and Marc Scroggins, on the right, pose with NRA Law Enforcement Competitions Manager Marc Lipp after winning their divisions at NRA's South Carolina Tactical Police Competition.

Anderson, South Carolina - After a full day of pistols, rifles and shotguns at the Skip J Range, Marc Scroggins and Eric Eckhardt won their respective divisions at NRA's South Carolina Tactical Police Competition in Anderson. Seven courses that test the skills of law enforcement officers and military personnel, Tactical Police Competitions (TPC) place competitors in real-life situations that test their mobility, accuracy and decision making process.

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Leaders in NRA's Tactical Police Competition after two rounds

NRA TPC's office shooting simulation in South Carolina Officer firing his rifle during the NRA's Tactical Police Competition at the Skip J Range.

Anderson, South Carolina - NRA Law Enforcement Division's Tactical Police Competition is almost at a close. As competitors finish up the final rounds, preliminary scores are finding their way to the public. As participants are moving from one stage to another, a comprehensive breakdown of the preliminary scores is not possible. Instead, we offer top registered scores (so far) from stages 4 and 5 for the Patrol Division and stages 2 and 3 for the Tactical Division.

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NRA match simulates real-life situations for Law Enforcement

Shooting from a seated position at the NRA Tactical Match

Anderson, South Carolina - The seven courses here at the Skip J Range for the NRA's Tactical Police Competition (TPC) in Anderson, South Carolina put competitors in real-life scenarios. In fact, Law Enforcement Competition's Manager Marc Lipp and his staff will sometimes pluck a scenario right out of today's news. Such was the case in course # 3 — Sonic Blast. Here's how it goes

Shooting around the corner at an NRA Tactical Match

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Stage seven at the NRA Tactical Police Competition in South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina - The morning air welcomed us with a chill. Footsteps in the frost are making the transition to dew and complete dryness as the sun begins it's rise. The darkness accompanying competitors on their way to the Skip J Range for the second NRA Tactical Police Competition (TPC) of the year is gone and all that's left is the shooting. And that started around 8:30 this morning.

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Anderson, South Carolina range to host NRA's 2nd Tactical Police Competition of 2012

NRA's second Tactical Police Competition (TPC) of the year takes place this weekend at South Carolina's Skip J Range. Located roughly fifteen miles from the Georgia state line, the Skip J Range comes with ten shooting bays that are home to their regularly scheduled International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and Ruger Rimfire matches.

Thanks to the efforts of Law Enforcement Competitions Manager Marc Lipp, NRAblog will be on the ground for live coverage of the event. That means more interviews, photos and video of the competitors in action.

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Belfast Range in Kinards, South Carolina

Kinards, South Carolina - In May we told you about the opening of the Belfast Range in Kinards. Belfast was the first range built through the NRA Public Range Fund Grant Program, a project that encourages local and state agencies to work with NRA in order to build or improve public ranges across the United States. And tomorrow we'll be back for more.

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