Originally created 09/23/99

Boosting gun safety

Thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Augusta will be one of six cities participating in a firearms safety program by providing free gun locks to gun owners.

Project HomeSafe, says the Foundation, was prompted in large part by the Garden City's successful summer gun-lock giveaway sponsored with help from the world renowned soul singer, Augusta's James Brown.

Other cities in the pilot program, which the Foundation hopes will eventually go nationwide, are Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Orlando, Fla., and Oakland, Calif.

The program will kick off at 11 a.m. today with Richmond County Sheriff's officers giving away the locks for as long as they last, but only to Augusta residents. It took three days for the earlier Brown program to, as he would say, "get on the good foot" by giving out 1,000 locks.

This one could take quite a bit longer. Shooting Sports put up $17,000 to buy 5,000 gun locks. Interested firearm owners should contact the Sheriff's Department.

We commend the Foundation for its role in this gun safety project. It should cut back on accidental shootings, like that in Burke County this week when a 3-year old sent her dad to the hospital with a serious gunshot wound.


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