In an effort to help gun owners safely secure their weapons at home in the presence of children, Safe Kids Macon County has joined with Project ChildSafe to make available free gun locks to local gun owners.
“Safe Kids Macon County’s mission is to reduce the number of preventable injuries to children in our community and this partnership with Project ChildSafe is a great way to do just that,” said Deputy Josh Stewart, Safe Kids Macon County coordinator.
In the first four months of the year, the free gun locks have been available at Macon County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center located at 1820 Lakeside Drive or at the annex building in town on Palmer Street as well as distributed at community events such as last Saturday’s Buckle Up, Baby.
To expand the program, the Franklin Police Department will now also have gun locks available at its office.
“Having Project ChildSafe in our community has been a positive thing over the last few months,” said Franklin Police Department Chief David Adams. “Our department wanted to help spread the program and make sure as many families in our community have access to these free resources.”
Safe Kids Macon County’s strategic plan includes the top three safety priorities and in addition to car seat safety and bicycle and pedestrian safety, raising awareness and educating the community on gun safety was identified as a top priority in Macon County.
“The gun locks are now available in the lobby of the police department and can be picked up by anyone who wants one,” explained Tony Ashe, a member of the Franklin Police Department and vice-chair of Safe Kids Macon County. “No paperwork needs to be filled out and people wanting the locks don’t have to provide us with any information. They can just stop by and pick one up whenever. We want to make it as easy as possible to keep the children in our community safe and with recent events in our community, promoting gun safety has become more important than ever.”
In the coming weeks, Stewart said Safe Kids Macon County will also be working with the Highlands Police Department to further expand the program.
“We want to make sure that all communities in our county have access to the gun locks,” said Stewart. “In addition to having the locks available at all law enforcement agencies in the county, we hope to continue providing the gun locks at community events throughout the year.”
About Project ChildSafe®
Project ChildSafe is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit charitable organization committed to promoting firearms safety among firearms owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals.
Project ChildSafe is a real solution to making our communities safer. More than 15,000 law enforcement agencies have partnered with the program to distribute more than 36 million firearms safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. Through vital partnerships with elected officials, community leaders, state agencies, businesses, the firearms industry and other stakeholders, Project ChildSafe has helped raise awareness about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms and the importance of securely storing firearms to help reduce accidents and access by unauthorized individuals.