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Anyone who would like a gun lock can pick one up," said Dee Dee Dockins, spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).The NSSF
, along with the California Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Associations
, is working in partnership to distribute the more than 1 million gun locks throughout the state.
According to Dockins
, the lock system is simple and requires no previous experience with a such a device.
"It's just like a bicycle lock," said Dockins
Safety advocates are hoping free gun ...
Safety advocates are hoping free gun locks will increase public awareness about safe firearm storage, said Dee Dee Dockins, national spokeswoman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Dockins, a Jackson, Mo., native was giving away gun locks at a booth outside the Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart Monday as part of Project HomeSafe, an educational program promoting gun safety...
Dee Dee Dockins, a member of ...
Dee Dee Dockins, a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, demonstrates how to install a cable-style gunlock while a camera crew films her during Tuesday's press conference.
..."We're glad to be back here," said Dee Dee Dockins, a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, referring to Project ChildSafe's Washington kickoff, which began in Tacoma.
"We've visited over 200 communities in Washington." She
then demonstrated for the assembled media and others how the 15-inch cable-style gun lock is installed on a handgun.
This style of gun lock was chosen, she
explained, because it fits about 95 percent of all firearms and the firearm has to be unloaded in order for the device to be secured.
"This is a safety device, not a security device," Dockins
Safety advocates are hoping free gun locks will increase public awareness about safe firearm storage, said Dee Dee Dockins, national spokeswoman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Dockins
, a Jackson, Mo., native was giving away gun locks at a booth outside the Cape Girardeau Wal-Mart Monday as part of Project HomeSafe, an educational program promoting gun safety.
"Our goal is to eliminate accidental shootings," she
More than 600 locks were distributed in two hours Monday afternoon, and booth workers had three hours yet to go.
Cape Girardeau Police Lt.Rick Schmidt and two Missouri Conservation agents helped Dockins
demonstrate the locks to passers-by and quizzed children about what to do if they find a gun.
, who recently returned to Jackson after living in another state, said she
has a 4-year-old stepdaughter.
"I've always been safety conscious," Dockins
said."Still, having a child in the house changes your perspective and makes me even more so."
A competitive shooter, she
owns several guns.
Project HomeSafe launched a nationwide safety tour this year with the goal of distributing 3 million firearm safety kits that include a gun lock in all 50 states.
The gun locks are made up of a vinyl-covered steel cable with one end permanently secured to a keyed, four-tumbler padlock.
When properly installed, the gun is unloaded and the lock prevents the firearm's action from closing.
The lock is intended to discourage unauthorized access to a gun, particularly by young children, Dockins
"Guns are like Christmas presents," she
said, "If you hide them, kids are going to find them."
Women & Guns
NRA's Mary Sue Faulkner covered the Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program and NSSF's Dee Dee Dockins, presented the particulars of that organization's successful Project HomeSafe.