February 5, 2004

Project ChildSafe Visits Memphis To Promote Firearms Safety

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department will provide 800 free firearms safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed, beginning on February 4, 2004, at the Scotland County Sheriff’s 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 Sheriff Wayne Winn. “Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun 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.”

By partnering with Project ChildSafe, The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department is participating in a growing national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe will distribute gunlock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.

“We are pleased to have the Scotland County Sheriff’s 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 respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms.”

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