Police to distribute firearms safety kits

Gun locks, educational literature to be handed out at charity skeet shoot

The Craig Police Department will distribute free gun locks at a charity fund-raiser on May 4 as part of a national initiative concerning firearms safety.

The department will provide 200 free firearm safety kits, which will include a gunlock, to residents at the May 4 Moffat County Crime Stoppers Charity Skeet Shoot. The kits are provided by a partnership with Project HomeSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program.

"We all recognize we live in a part of the country where guns are very prevalent it's a way of life," Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said. "My interest is providing people who have guns a better way to secure them from children and individuals who would steal them.

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project HomeSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm."

The kits include a safety curriculum and cable-style gunlock, which fits most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The kits will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis to those 18 years of age or older, with a maximum of two kits per household.

Project Homesafe is a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the effort receives funding from the shooting sports industry and a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

"We are pleased to have the Craig Police Department as a Project HomeSafe Partner," Program Director Dee Dee Sarff said in a statement. "Project HomeSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure all firearms owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms."

The program is planning to distribute more than 3 million firearm safety kits throughout the United States over the next year. Project Homesafe has developed similar partnerships in all 50 states and two U.S. territories.

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