Northwest NEWS

June 17, 2002

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Project HomeSafe keeping families safe

BOTHELL - The City of Bothell Police Department will be giving away child-safety gun locks as part of a national program called Project HomeSafe.
   Project HomeSafe is a nationwide firearms safety program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and funded by the firearms industry and a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
   The program has been coordinated and made available to local communities by Washington's Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen.
   Working with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and the Office of Community Development, Lt. Governor Owen plans for statewide distribution of the free gunlocks through local Community Mobilization groups and law enforcement agencies.
   "This program fits perfectly with the long-term goal of the Lieutenant Governor's Office, which is to help kids grow up healthy in safe communities with opportunity," Owen said.
   "Lt. Governor Owen has taken a leadership role in forging a partnership between his office, Project HomeSafe and the Washington law enforcement community in order to promote safe storage of firearms in Washington homes. The goal of this partnership is to help ensure that a loaded firearm will not be left carelessly about the house where a child can access it.
   "All firearms owners have a responsibility to practice safe storage," said Project HomeSafe Director Dee Dee Sarff.
   "This is not a second amendment issue," Owen emphasizes. "This is solely a safety issue. We believe we have a responsibility to do everything within our power to keep our children safe from harm, and if we can prevent even one accidental discharge of a gun, then these locks have fulfilled their purpose."
   The safety kits, with a retail value of about $10, including gun lock, instructions and a safety information pamphlet, will be handed out to anyone who requests them, with no registration or identification required. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved the Project HomeSafe lock for distribution.
   The safety kits can be obtained at the front counter of the City of Bothell Police Department located at 18410 101st Ave NE, Bothell, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
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