SANFORD, Fla. – The Sanford Police Department held a free gun safety class Wednesday afternoon after two separate incidents involving kids and guns.
In early March, A'letha Amanii Marie Burke, 6, died after a gun she was holding accidentally went off inside her uncle's Sanford home. Erick Williams was arrested and charged with child neglect after police say he failed to properly secure the weapon.
"It's just a senseless death," said Sanford resident Pina Kaplan, who also took that class. "That little girl didn't have to die and if they had guns secured or away from kids then that little girl would have been alive today."
A week before the shooting that killed Burke, police say another child showed up at a Sanford hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand.
Wednesday's gun safety class was held at the Sanford Police Department and is the first of several gun classes the police department is planning to offer.
"We want people to be responsible," said Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith. "Having the proper locks, having the proper mechanisms to ensure your children and those who are not trained to have that gun wont have access to that gun and that's why we are starting this initiative right here."
Also in their efforts to keep Sanford streets safe and get illegal guns off the street, the police department is offering a gun buy back day on April 17, meaning anyone can bring their guns and the department will buy them, no questions asked.