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COOK COUNTY -- The Adel Police Department Thursday recieved 200 gun locks for free distribution through Project Homesafe, a nationwide firearms safety program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and funded by the firearms industry through a U.S. Department of Justice grant. The project was begun as a partnership between Lt. Governor Mark Taylor and the Georgia Sheriff's Association.

Adel City Councilman Greg Paige and Police Chief Kirk Gordon combined their efforts to help make Adel citizens feel more secure in their homes and decrease firearm injury and deaths.

"Children who discover loaded guns can easily injure or kill themselves or others," Paige said. "What we are doing is providing responsible gun owners a means of securing their gun in the home in hipes of preventing a tragic accident."

Lt. Audie Rowe said the police department is stepping up firearms safety awareness by making safety-style gun locks available. The cable-style lock fits many different types of firearms, and requires that the gun be unloaded before the mechanism can be installed.

Due to the limited number of locks, the Adel Police Department will only provide one lock per household. They will be distributed on a first-come basis.

"Our ultimate goal is to secure every gun in every home," Gordon said. "Hopefully, by securing at least one gun in a home, we can make a difference by saving an unsuspecting child's life."

Parents interested in obtaining a gun lock should go to the Adel Police Department or contact Gordon at 896-3225.



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