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Gun safety program expanding

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana law enforcement agencies have taken another step to reduce the number of accidental firearm deaths among children.

At a news conference Tuesday, Baton Rouge Constable Reginald Brown announced the program “Louisiana Law Enforcement for Gun Safety” received enough money to buy two more demonstration trailers.

The program is geared towards educating children and adults of the dangers of firearms. Louisiana is ranked number 2 in the number of accidental firearm deaths among children.

The trailers have windows on both sides so you can see what's inside. A watermelon is placed inside at one end and a gun is placed on the other end. To demonstrate how deadly a gun can be, officers pull a string from the outside which triggers the gun, firing a round at the watermelon. It explodes into pieces.

Brown said this was a big need for the program. Before, a single trailer was used to demonstrate the dangers of firearms across the state of Louisiana. Brown said he hopes the new trailers will help out with the work load and allow law enforcement to reach more people.

Since 2013 the program has reached over 20,000 students.

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