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ORRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Family Weapon Safety and Range Day gave a lesson in handling firearms safely Saturday.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the University of Maine Student Veteran's Association organized the event held at the Orrington Rod and Gun Club. Families came out to learn the proper way to handle different types of firearms and how to keep guns safe in the household.

The organizations felt it was necessary to educate people about gun safety since gun control is a controversial topic.

"Familiarization is key. So if people are familiar with the weapons, how they work, how the safeties work, then if they come across the weapon in any situation, they can understand how to operate that or leave it alone safely," said VFW Senior Vice Commander and UMaine Vets Association Treasurer, Christopher Phinney.

Fifty percent of the proceeds from Family Weapon Safety and Range Day are going toward replacing the flag pole at Old Town High School.

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