Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Horseshoe Bend Police Department are providing free safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program.
The sheriff's department began distributing the kits Feb. 16. It has 1,300 to give away. The kits can be picked up at the sheriff's office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Horseshoe Bend has 200 kits to give away. They may be picked up at Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will distribute millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country over the next year. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry.
"We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm," said Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz.
"Each kit contains a safety curriculum and cable-style lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home," added Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell Jr.
By partnering with Project ChildSafe, the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Horseshoe Bend Police Department are participating in a growing national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe will distribute gun lock safety kits to all 50 sates and he five U.S. territories.
"We are pleased to have Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Horseshoe Bend Police Department as a Project ChildSafe partner," said Dee Dee Dockins, spokesperson for the program. "Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respects to the safe handling and storage of firearms."