Child safety lock threaded through a semiautomatic pistol
Credit: Robin Kemp/The Clayton Crescent

Owning a firearm is more than a Constitutional right. It’s an enormous responsibility. Each round you fire could take your life or someone else’s. You must keep control of your weapon at all times, which means keeping it out of the hands of those who are not authorized to use it—especially children.

If you own a gun, State Rep. Yasmin Neal (D-79, Jonesboro) and teacher and and activist Alfred “Shivy” Brooks, will host “Range Night with the Rep” this Tuesday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stoddard’s Range and Guns, 485 Bishop Street in Midtown Atlanta. This event is for adults only.

“We look forward to providing citizens with the opportunity for them to be vocal about the state of our society in reference to weapons,” Neal said in a press release. “We also look forward to providing citizens with an opportunity to practice gun safety, train on the range and receive gun locks so that weapons will be safe in their homes.”

Neal will discuss current events and gun safety, demonstrate how to use a gun lock, and give attendees free gun locks to take home. Participants also will get free range time (you cover the cost of your weapons and ammunition).

Neal has served on both the Clayton County Police Department, where she was an officer on the Chief’s Staff and a detective in the Major Felony Unit, and at the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, where she was an Internal Affairs/Backgrounds and Hiring investigator and a Fugitive Unit investigator.

Brooks is a teacher at Charles Drew High School in Atlanta. He founded Teachers for Good Trouble and is a member of Atlanta NAACP and The People’s Uprising.

To attend, please RSVP to

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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