The Marietta Police Department had to change the venue for their gun safety seminar because more than 700 people signed up for the seminar.
Usually, Officer David Baldwin said, the department averages 125 people per seminar.
"We haven't had anyone express any direct reasons of why it is so big, we just know that there has been an incredible interest in gun ownership as of late," Baldwin said. "And, I am sure it is for a variety of different reasons, but for us, whether someone wants to own a gun or not is their choice. For anybody who owns a firearm, we want them to be educated and responsible firearm owners."
The seminar will cover everything from gun safety to knowing Georgia's gun laws.
"I am a single mom," Lampra Jones said. "And I was just thinking, I need to own a gun because it is just me and him that live alone together. It just kind of scares me that anytime someone can come in and take my child's life."
Jones said she never put much thought into buying a gun until she had her 7-month-old son, Solomon, and before she saw the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT.
"I cried when I heard what happened," Jones said. "You never know, nowadays people are kind of crazy. After the Connecticut shooting, I said maybe we need to get some protection. I need to protect me and my son at all costs."
The Marietta Police Department said educating the public on gun safety is why they started this seminar two years ago.
"The cardinal rules of firearm safety if you are actually handling a weapon, how to protect your children in the home, such as the proper way of storing it, different storing devices, and keeping the gun safe from unwanted users," Baldwin said. "And we are also going to go into great detail on the firearms law such as carrying a concealed weapon."
The next seminar is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 28.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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