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Free gun safety kits and locks now available

The Harris County Sheriffs Office kicked off Project ChildSafe on September 27, 2001. Project ChildSafe is a statewide firearms safety and free gunlock program.

Project ChildSafe, which is funded through a grant from the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, will distribute 750,00 gunlock kits to law enforcement agencies throughout the state with in the next 12 months.

As part of the program, the Harris County Sheriffs Office is distributing, free of charge, gun safety kits and cable style gun lock devices to community members that request them.

The lock, which works like a bicycle cable lock, is threaded through the firearms action, rendering the firearm inoperable. The locks, in combination with the accompanying educational materials, are intended to promote safe handling and secure storage practices among all firearm owners.

Sheriff Thomas is pleased to be part of Project ChildSafe and strongly believes that educating gun owners about safe firearm practice in combination with using gun-locking devices will help prevent accidental injuries and deaths. These locks can be used on most types of firearms, including handguns, rifles and shotguns. Local residents are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to pickup free gunlocks and use them to secure their firearms.

The free locks and safety pamphlets are being provided by Project ChildSafe and are available at the Harris County Sheriffs Office Humble Substation located at 7900 Will Clayton Parkway, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Aldine Community Storefront at 5202 Aldine Mail Route, Monday – Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Old Town Spring Community Storefront at 111 Main Street, Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m