Texas Republicans Turn To Newtown Group To Promote Gun Safety Education

Texas Republicans Turn To Newtown Group To Promote Gun Safety Education

One of Gov. Greg Abbott’s initiatives for reducing school shootings and promoting gun safety taps into an unlikely source: the gun industry. The governor’s office has provided a $1 million grant to a Newtown, Connecticut-based advocacy group to promote their gun storage education program throughout Texas. The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, was created to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. But another part of the group’s mission has been writing gun-safety and gun-instruction standards, which is one of the reasons why Abbott selected the group to promote their Kids Safe gun storage program. Police reports indicate the teen shooter who took the lives of 10 people during the Santa Fe High School shooting had gained access to his father’s guns prior his deadly rampage. “Now I’m not suggesting, nor am I promoting, mandatory purchase of gun locks. I do have in my plan to work with a proven organization to provide gun locks,” Abbott said. Mark Oliva, with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the group teams up with local law enforcement groups to educate various communities and organizations about the benefits of safe gun storage in the home. “We team up with the law enforcement agencies to provide these gun safety kits, which includes literature and recommendations on why you should store your firearms safely, why you should store your firearms safely, and then provide those persons with a gun lock — particularly as we head into these summer […]

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