Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield to dispense hundreds of free gun locks

The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation is donating 2,500 gun safety locks to Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield and Waterbury to be distributed to residents for free. The event will take place in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Margaret E. Morton Government Center, today, March 12, at 4 p.m.

“During the last three months, we have taken more than 700 guns off the street through our gun buyback program,” Mayor Bill Finch said. “Now, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Stratford can help make thousands of guns that remain in people’s homes safer. Inaction is not an option. We can save lives.”

During the past decade, Project ChildSafe, administered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has dispensed 36 million firearm safety kits nationwide. The kits include a cable lock that, when installed, makes a gun impossible to fire, safety brochures, and information about safe storage options.

“We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can learn about the options they have to properly and securely store their firearms at home,” said Steve Sanetti, chief executive officer of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. “We thank Mayor Finch and Police Chief Gaudett for their leadership in helping to raise awareness about preventing unauthorized access and for distributing these firearm safety kits to gun owners.”

Most firearm accidents in the home can be prevented when gun owners take precautions to prevent a child or other unauthorized person from getting their hands on a firearm. Precautions include storing firearms unloaded in a locked gun safe, lock box or storage case. A gun-locking device can be used as an additional safety precaution. Ammunition should be stored in a locked location separate from firearms.

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