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Colo. middle schoolers take field trip to gun range

- The Washington Times - Monday, March 24, 2014

Students at a Colorado middle school were able to get firsthand experience with gun safety after their class was taken on a field trip to a firing range.

Volunteers from Project Appleseed, a program by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association dedicated to teaching American history, took students from Craver Middle School in Colorado City to learn gun safety and fire live ammunition at a local range, KRDO reported.

"I'm very excited, today we're going to come out here on the gun range and shoot a little bit. The past week we've learned about the revolutionary war," student Jonah Statezny told the station.

"I think everyone should learn how to use a gun but learn how to use it properly, and the precautions you're supposed to take and how serious a gun really is," he said.

"My favorite part is shooting guns. When I was little we used to go to the shooting range," said another student, Danielle Cooper.

"This is a very big deal," said Appleseed volunteer Elizabeth Blackwood. "We had them touching firearms, holding them and learning about how to handle them safely."

The school got permission for the field trip from parents and the Pueblo County Sheriff's office, the station said.

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