A spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department has confirmed that officers will be providing free firearm-safety information and trigger locks to local gun owners.
The program is part of a national initiative called Project Childsafe, which aims to keep unsecured guns out of the wrong hands. It’s also about protecting lives. SDPD officials point out that gun owners who do have small children at home should make a point to store their firearms in a safe, secure place.
Local police said they got involved in the program after a June 2013 shooting that took place at a home in Scripps Ranch. A 10 year-old boy was playing with a 9 year-old neighbor and the pair stumbled upon a gun that had been stored in a box in a garage. The boy was shot accidentally and died a short time later.
The girl’s father is currently serving a four-year prison sentence that stems from not storing the weapon properly.
San Diego Police said that gun owners who have children are advised to watch an educational video on gun safety at projectsafechild.org The gun safety kits are available at every SDPD station except for the downtown headquarters.
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