COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) -- A gun safety course run by Watson Chamber Defense Institute is targeted towards children in grades 1st - 4th for their safety.
Tami Watson, an instructor for the class, explained that children are never too young to know how to be safe around firearms.
"We feel that it's our job as a community partner to team up with moms and dads, school teachers, churches, girl scout troops, boy scouts, to help these kids be able to make adult decision when adults are not present," she said.
Tuesday, 11 children took their seats at Watson Chamber Defense Institute for a beginners class to gun safety. The youngest attendee was 6 years old, sitting on an adult's lap.
"Raise your hand if you have a gun in your house," Watson said to the class, as a few children raised their hands. "How many of you aren't sure if there's a gun in your house?"
As children began participating, Watson explained that she teaches gun safety is because little kids are around guns and come across an unattended gun someday.
"There's a lot of things we need to know to keep ourselves safe as kids. Okay?" she said to the class.
Watson explained the various parts of a gun, including how to see if a gun is loaded. However, she said you shouldn't ever touch a gun or check if it's loaded without an adult present.
The children also watched her explain what a magazine, bullet, and shell casing is, and that they should not pick up a casing they might find on the ground in case it has a fingerprint on it and could be evidence for an investigation.