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Kids take gun safety class in Newtown

NEWTOWN, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- Kids as young as 5-years-old are handling guns in a class set up for children.

Chris Roma, owner of Ready Line in Newtown said, "Tonight (August 29th 2014) is our final night at Ready Line of a four week course that we put youngsters through to learn gun safety, to give them proper training, and to use common sense when you're handling firearms"

"Since she's going to be raised around them," said Eric Anderson, a parent with his daughter in the class. "I wanted her to be safe around them and we go over all the rules at home but if she sees what they can do what kind of danger there is around them and how to handle them safely I wanted her to know."

Eric Anderson was one of the first parents to ask ready line's owner to offer a pee-wee class. Before heading to the range, they learn firearms safety in the classroom.

Peyton Hughes learned a few things at class. "Always keep your finger off the trigger when you're not shooting and always remember to point it in a safe direction"

The children take careful aim at their targets with one-on-one instructors with them at all times.

"They learn some of the nomenclature of the range such as the firing line, what's up range, what's down range.  They look at the targets they're going to be firing at," Roma said

While some parents may not agree with sending their children to a firearms safety course, the parents with whom we spoke say this class could prevent a tragedy.

Chris Roma says unlike the tragedy in Arizona, his instructors always stand behind, not next to, the students and there are no machine guns like Uzis.

"Our kids that shoot here," said Roma, "they would never have the opportunity to do that. Never. A lot of them are a lot smaller than the child out in Arizona we would never put a machine gun in a child's hand that size.”

These parents say as long as their kids are having fun, and learning how to be safe, they'll keep up with the lessons.

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