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Rindge

A focus on safety

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

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  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

    More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.

    (Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea) Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)
  • More than 80 members of the Rindge community attended the town's first-ever gun safety class on Tuesday evening, with special guest Richard Feldman of Rindge.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Alyssa Dandrea)

Legislative changes at the federal level often take a number of years, but small-town communities throughout America can work to effect change today, according to Richard Feldman of the Independent Firearm Owners Association.

Last week’s gun safety class at the Rindge Recreation Center is an example of how residents can be proactive and work with local police departments to increase education about proper firearm handling and storage, Feldman said prior to the start of the two-hour gun safety class.

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, the nationwide debate over gun laws has risen to the forefront of daily news coverage and the minds of many Americans, according to Rindge Police Chief Frank Morrill.

“I think there is a thirst for knowledge about firearms and protections,” Morrill said last week, “especially when some [firearms] have fallen into the wrong hands.”

According to Feldman, the issue is never the gun but rather whose hands the gun is in. “We can encourage people to do the right thing. ...You can’t child proof a gun, but you can gun proof a child,” Feldman said, explaining that education is critical.

More than 160 gun locks were purchased by three local organizations — the Rindge Woman’s Club, Rindge Crime Watch and the Rindge Police Association. Locks were given away to people who attended the April 16 gun safety class.

The class was the first of its kind in Rindge, according to Morrill.

“With nearly 100 people here, it definitely tells me that there is a need,” he said. “I think the timeliness of this event is good, too.”

Now more than ever, Morrill said, people in Rindge are applying for pistol permits. Many are worried about newly proposed gun restrictions and/or future legislative barriers at the federal level, he said.

“Applications have quadrupled the number we normally get in a month,” Morrill told the crowd of attendees.

In May, Rindge Crime Watch is slated to hold an informational class on DWI arrests and convictions. In June, a similar class will be held on odor recognition.

“When you wrap all this instruction together you have a mini police academy,” Morrill said.

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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