Gun locks being handed out

SSPD distributing safety devices for free

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— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is giving away free gun locks to residents through the nationwide campaign of Project HomeSafe.

Two days ago, the department received more than 100 gun locks to distribute among residents interested in storing their firearms in a safe manner.

"Any type of weapon not locked is an extreme danger," Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said. "All guns inside a home should be locked up to ensure young children do not get ahold of them."

The department received the cable gun locks because of the safety program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The program is being funded by a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and the firearms industry.

Twenty-two states, including Colorado, are participating in the program. Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers initiated the state's participation by securing 35,000 gun locks.

During a 28-day tour, which started in April, officials hoped to give away 20,000 gun locks in 34 communities.

The tour made a stop Monday in Steamboat Springs when the officials set up a booth outside of Wal-Mart.

During the tour, more than 10,000 gun locks were given away. Remaining gun locks are being circulated to law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Fiebing encourages local residents to take advantage of this opportunity.

Gun locks will be given to anyone who comes to the Police Department between its business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"All they have to do is show up at the station," Fiebing said. "We will give them as many gun locks as they want."

Accompanying the cable-style gun locks, which will fit handguns and rifles, is a safety brochure.

"Anyone with a gun in a home should come in and get a gun lock so they don't have to worry about it," Fiebing said.

The program's goal is to distribute 3 million firearm safety kits nationally by the end of the year.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the firearms industry's largest and most diverse trade association.

The foundation has more than 1,900 members and was formed in 1961.

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