Sunday, January 4, 2004

Police handing out locks for guns



By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - Many police agencies in Butler and Warren counties are distributing free gun locks and gun-safety information to help protect children from being hurt or killed by firearms.

Police in Hamilton on Monday begin handing out firearm safety kits.

The kits, which include safety lesson materials and a cable-style gun lock, are available to anyone. The locks fit most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns.

"The goal is to prevent a child or any unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home," said Hamilton Capt. Joseph A. Murray, acting police chief.

The program is part of Project ChildSafe, a national initiative to promote responsible firearm ownership and storage. (www.projectchildsafe.org)

Project ChildSafe on Friday said it was supplying materials to the sheriffs' offices in both Butler and Warren counties, as well as police in Mason, Lebanon, Waynesville, Harveysburg, Morrow, Maineville, Monroe, West Chester Township, Trenton, Oxford, Seven Mile, New Miami, Hamilton and Fairfield.

Police agencies in Hamilton and Clermont counties are expected to receive the materials soon, organizers said.

Through the program, Project ChildSafe and the National Shooting Sports Foundation plan to distribute more than 630,000 free gun locks in Ohio.

Funded by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Project ChildSafe will provide nearly 20 million free gun locks and firearm safety educational materials to families in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories and District of Columbia.

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