FOCUS Weekly Newsletter
Thursday, February 4th
The Hamilton County Sheriff's office would like us to share the below information about an event at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds
On Thursday, February 11, 2016, Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen invites area residents to participate in a public education forum on Firearms Safety. This special meeting, to be held at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds from 7:00-8:00pm, will focus on what gun owners can do to promote responsible weapon ownership. Led by Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board certified instructors and Sheriff’s Office deputies, participants will come away with practical ideas and suggestions on how to increase safety around firearms.
Hamilton County, like most areas in the United States, has experienced an increase in firearms ownership during the past few years. According to several studies, gun sales have nearly doubled since 2008, hitting a new high in 2015 and peaking in December after shootings in Paris and San Bernadino. Nationwide, background check applications, which closely parallel gun sales, were at 23.1 million in 2015. Locally, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office processed 433 individual permits and six (6) dealer permits in 2015, an increase from 370 individual and two (2) dealer permits in 2014. December 2015 was the busiest month with 120 individual permits issued by the Sheriff’s Office.
The public education forum does not involve any type of hands-on instruction but rather is an overview of safe and responsible measures for gun owners. The event is appropriate for gun owners with all levels of experience as well as those who do not own a firearm but are interested in safety around guns. No buying or selling of weapons will occur. Those legally carrying firearms in accordance with state and federal laws are welcome; however, do not bring firearms in hopes of receiving instruction on their specific operation. Vendors of firearms safety and storage equipment along with several area firearms trainers will be in attendance.
There is no cost to attend the forum and no registration is required. The forum is appropriate for current gun owners as well as those interested in ownership or in general firearms safety. Free gun locks will be distributed while supplies last and information on obtaining an Indiana permit will be available.
Fishers Parks & Recreation Releases 2016 Summer Camp Programs
Summer is quickly approaching, which means many Fishers families are exploring options for their children. Fishers Parks & Recreation is excited to announce that the 2016 summer camp brochure is now live. This summer over 30 diverse camps run from the first week in June through the first week in August, meaning your child can enjoy a summer of fun at local parks.
Summer camps offer a well-rounded experience that includes the opportunity to learn new ideas, socialize with new friends and enjoy time outdoors. Each camp is built around a specific theme ensuring your camper is able to explore a topic they’re interested in learning about. Summer camp registration opens on March 1, and families are encouraged to keep a few things in mind leading up to registration:
- For ease when registering at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office (located at 11565 Brooks School Road), please complete your registration form before registration day. As a reminder, t-shirt sizes are listed in youth sizes.
- Discuss your child’s second choice. Summer camps fill quickly, and it’s always helpful to have a back-up camp in mind in case your first choice is already sold out.
- Registration can be completed online, but you’ll need your registration information. If you are having trouble logging into the website, please give our office a call today at (317) 595-3150.
Browse the summer camp brochure and visit our camp page to learn more about our summer camp program. Families are also encouraged to browse our Facebok page for parent testimonies and videos from previous summer camps. We look forward to helping your family get registered, soon!