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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF News
For Immediate Release:
May 17, 2000
Contact: Carlos A.

Senior Special Agent/PIO

TEL (813) 228-2021 / FAX (813) 229-2111

Day Book Information

On Wednesday,
May 17, 2000, at 7:00 p.m., the first presentation of Project CARGO (Communities
Addressing Responsible Gun Ownership) will be held in St. Petersburg at
Baypoint Middle School, 2151 62 South Ave., St. Petersburg, Florida. This
initiative, a first of its kind in the nation, aims to curb gun violence
in schools and at home through an aggressive campaign of education and
enforcement, capitalizing on the resources and expertise of the participating

program originated as a result of a partnership agreement, between the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), All Childrens Hospital,
Bayfront Medical, the Pinellas County School Board, St. Petersburg Police
and Fire and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. The seminar runs for
precisely one hour.

will provide education and training on gun safety issues, and will work
with school and local law enforcement officials to trace and investigate
the origin and source of firearms recovered on school property and/or
in the possession of juveniles. Medical personnel from the trauma centers
will provide statistical information, as well as realistic depictions
of the consequences of gun violence. School board officials will provide
information on detecting signs of aggressive and potentially violent behavior

At the
conclusion of each presentation, participants will receive a complimentary

20,000 flyers were distributed by the Pinellas County School Board to
students, parents and the community announcing this presentation.

Public Information Officer, Pinellas County School Board officials, and
medical personnel from All Children's Hospital and Bayfront Medical Hospital
will be available before and after the presentation for any media inquiries.

CARGO is endorsed by the National Association of School Resource Officers,
the Broward County Trauma Management Agency, the Florida Emergency Medical
Services Advisory Council, the Broward County Crime Commission, the Broward
Safe Kids Coalition, and the Florida Committee on Trauma.

For further
information about Project CARGO, contact Dan DeCoursey at (954) 467-8979/E-Mail or Special Agent
Carlos Baixauli at (813) 228-2021 (ext. 101)/E-Mail