March 27, 2014

Free gun locks, safety info part of CPD program

Rachel Snyder
The Express-Star


The Chickasha Police Department is giving away a gun lock and information about safe gun storage as part of the Project ChildSafe Program.

Project ChildSafe is a national program that educates the public about owning and storing guns safely. The program is funded by the Department of Justice and managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson said most gun owners, with the exception of a few criminals, are law-abiding, and the locks simply provide more security.

CPD recently responded to a found property report of a gun and marijuana in the backyard of a home with a child living there.

"The Chickasha Police Department encourages the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and hope that by partnering with Project ChildSafe we can help gun owners be more responsible, especially when it comes to children and firearms," Adamson said. "When you keep your gun locked up with a key, you're the only one who can access it."

According to a report by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of accidental-deaths from firearms involving children 14 and under has decreased by 28 percent in the last 10 years.

Project ChildSafe, in partnership with local law enforcement across the country, have distributed more than 30 million safety kits to gun owners since 2003.

Those who want to pick up a kit can stop by the police station at 101 N. 6th Street or ask a police officer.