Grant-funded safety initiative will pay for free gun locks distributed in Cleveland

Grant-funded safety initiative will pay for free gun locks distributed in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The trade association for the firearms industry is using federal grant money to hand out thousands of gun locks in the Cleveland area, as well as to educate the public on firearms safety. The National Shooting Sports Foundation has allocated 10,000 cable-style gun locks and safety kits to be passed out to gun owners for the next year, foundation spokesman Bill Romanelli said Wednesday. The key for "Project ChildSafe Cleveland" is to prevent gun-related accidents and suicides, he said. Romanelli made the announcement during a news conference held at the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the federal courthouse in downtown Cleveland. The initiative is paid for by a $2.4 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance – a part of the Justice Department – and will pay for locks and education over two years in Cleveland, Oklahoma City and Memphis, Tennessee, Romanelli said. The Cleveland area has seen numerous instances of children picking up a handgun in their home and either hurting or killing another person or themselves. U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman also said using locks prevents guns from being stolen and used in crimes. "No matter what someone’s positions is on firearms, I think everyone can agree that if people exercise their right to legally own firearms, they need to be responsible and to properly secure and store those firearms," Herdman said. In addition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the foundation is working with organizations and businesses to distribute the locks and information. C. Jay […]

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