Project ChildSafe distributes gun locks to Selma residents

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 4, 2004

Keeping guns in a home, whether loaded or unloaded, can be dangerous if a curious child or unexpected individual manages to get their hands on them.

In an effort to spread the word about firearm safety and reduce the number of accidents, a representative of Project ChildSafe arrived in Selma Tuesday to distribute free firearm safety kits and gun locking device to law enforcement officials. Phillip Glasser of Project ChildSafe brought 1500 safety kits &045; 400 for the Selma Police Department and 1100 for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department &045; to be given away to the public.

Glasser said the nationwide program, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, is being administered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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Selma Police Chief Robert Green said the firearm safety kits will be distributed once a policy is developed.

The heavy cable-style gun lock fits most types of handguns, Glasser said, including rifles and shotguns.

The lock operates with a special key and cannot easily be broken.

As soon as the details have been worked out, the Selma Police Department, along with the sheriff’s department, will announce how people can receive the free gun locks and safety kits.