Gun Lock Giveaway Saturday

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Project HomeSafe, the largest gun lock giveaway program in America's history, is coming to Payson's Wal-Mart Supercenter tomorrow (Saturday).

The goal of Project HomeSafe is to raise awareness among firearm owners about proper storage and safe handling of firearms in order to help reduce the risk of gun-related accidents in the home.

"People need to practice firearm safety within their homes, particularly if they have small children," said Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner. "I think Project HomeSafe is a grand idea."

Managed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), with support from Arizona Secretary of State Betsey Bayless and the state's law enforcement community, the program provides Arizona gun owners with free fabric-style gun locks, accompanied by a safety brochure that discusses safe handling and secure storage procedures.

"It is the responsibility of every gun owner to prevent a loaded firearm from being left carelessly about the house where children and other unauthorized persons can find it," said Bill Brassard Jr., managing director of the NSSF's safety programs. "Project HomeSafe provides the method and the means to help prevent tragic accidents from occurring. We hope gun owners will take advantage of this safety program by picking up a free firearm safety kit."

Project HomeSafe will be in Wal-Mart, 300 N. Beeline, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

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