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Mayor's Department
Citizen Information Center Division
2000 Media Release


June 22, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Sgt. Mike Siefkes, LPD Crime Prevention Unit, 441-7261

Mayor Announces Free Lock Program to Promote Gun Safety

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that 2,000 gun locks have been made available to Lincoln for free distribution to owners of firearms to encourage gun safety. An initial donation of 1,000 locks by Steve Russell of Swanson Russell Associates and B.C. Kinsey of Shooters Guns & More was matched by Project HomeSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

"Today, with the support of local businesses and the Police Department, Lincoln is taking an important step to make our neighborhoods and homes safer," said Mayor Wesely. "Project HomeSafe will help people who own guns safely store them. Making sure that thousands of guns in Lincoln will not fire unless the owner unlocks them will hopefully prevent any future tragedies."

Citizens interested in receiving the free gun locks will be required to participate in a one-hour class on gun safety and the proper use of the locks. The Lincoln Police Department designed the class, and those interested in attending can contact LPD's Crime Prevention Unit at 441-7261.

"The message is simple: If your gun is not already equipped with gun lock, I urge you to call our police department and request a gun safety kit," said Wesely.

Project HomeSafe is a nationwide program developed to inform and educate the owners of firearms and the community on safety issues regarding gun ownership, handling, use and secure storage. More than 300 cities and counties have joined the program since it was launched in October of 1999, and Lincoln is the 100th to start distribution of the locks.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the leading trade organization of the hunting and shooting sports industry, with more than 1,600 members representing the manufacturing, distributing and retailing segments of the industry.

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