The National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced the launch of “Project Childsafe Dallas,” an off-shoot of its successful “Project Childsafe” national program, and will distribute 10,000 free gun locks to Dallas, Texas residents to promote secure firearm storage.
NSSF, together with the Dallas Police Department and several other Dallas-based organizations, announced the start of “Project ChildSafe® Dallas” last week. This is a citywide initiative to promote firearm safety and secure firearm storage to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts and suicide throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, NSSF said in a news release.
Partners in the program, in addition to the Dallas Police Department, include GRITR Range, the DC Project – Texas Chapter, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – North Texas Chapter, North Texas Chapter of the National African American Gun Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Bass Pro Shops. Efforts to bring in additional stakeholders are ongoing.
The program is modeled after similar programs across the U.S., including in Columbia, South Carolina; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Memphis, Tennessee, and others. Over the course of the next several weeks, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe initiative will provide more than 10,000 cable gun locks and educational resources to these partners to distribute to local residents – free of charge and no questions asked. The gun locks and safety literature are being made available through a grant to NSSF from the office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, with additional support from the firearm industry.
The program will include a digital advertising campaign targeted to Dallas-area residents and a billboard on I-35 East to deliver firearm safety messages and tell residents where they can get a free lock.
“We know secure firearm storage works – it is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts and suicide,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “We want to help anyone who has an unsecured gun in their home take the steps to store it securely and responsibly, when it’s not in use, and we’re grateful to have so many partners on the ground supporting us in this effort.”
Residents can pick up gun locks at any of the following locations:
- The Dallas Police Department – all locations
- GRITR Range – 7901 26 Blvd, North Richland Hills
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department — Hunter Education Classes
- Bass Pro Shops – 2501 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine
- Additional locations to be announced