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Paynesville Press - May 5, 2004

Paynesville Police to offer free gun locks

gun locksThe Paynesville Police Depart-ment has received 1,500 free firearm locks from Project ChildSafe to distribute to the public. The safety kits include a cable gun lock that can be fastened through the empty magazine to prevent a pistol, rifle, or shotgun from firing.

Paynesville Police Chief shows two of the 1,500 firearm gun locks that the Paynesville Police Department has received from Project ChildSafe.

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so they can securely store their firearm," said Paynesville Police Chief Kent Kortlever. "Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home."

The Paynesville Police Department will be distributing the safety kits during Kids Day America on Saturday, May 15, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Paynesville Chiropractic. Safety kits will also be available at the police station at city hall while supplies last.

Project ChildSafe will distribute millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country over the next year. The program is sponsored by a justice department grant and by additional funding from the firearms industry.

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