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Hundreds of gun locks given away

Friday, May 27, 2005

Project ChildSafe Representative Gil Kalbus shows Rebecca Clements how a gun lock works with specific weapons. Although Project ChildSafe only visited Clay County on Thursday, the Clay County Sheriff's Department always has free gun locks available.

The locks were given away at Wal-Mart.

A steady flow of gun owners and gun safety advocates lined up Thursday to pick up free safety locks for firearms.

The locks were given away as part of Project ChildSafe, a national program promoting safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage. Plans are to give away 400,000 free locks in Indiana alone. At least 400 were given away in Brazil by early afternoon.

Project ChildSafe Representative Gil Kalbus and Clay County Chief Deputy Doug Barr answered questions and delivered gun safety advice to residents who wandered over to the display set up near the front entrance to Wal-Mart.

Barr said he was surprised who was taking advantage of the free gun locks.

"Some of (the gun locks) are for themselves, but a lot are for other people," Barr said.

Kalbus said this is quite common from his experiences.

"You'll get that a lot," Kalbus said. In particular, he notices many more grandparents and females taking the free locks to give to their family members and friends.

During the day most people asked if they could take one lock for each of their weapons. Others asked if they could take a safety lock for a relative or friend. The answer was always "yes."

Kalbus began traveling with Project ChildSafe after he retired from the New York Police. From what he observes, "everybody thinks it's a good idea," he said. "There is a concern there to keep kids safe and people are very positive about it."

The next two weeks he will be distributing gun locks in Indiana. He started last Sunday in this state after being in Illinois for two weeks. He said he wasn't sure where Project ChildSafe would send him next.

Although Project ChildSafe has now left Clay County, free gun locks are always available at the Clay County Sheriff's Department. Gun locks work with all types of firearms including pistols, revolvers, or pump-action shotguns and bolt action rifles.

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