N366067 04: A New York State police officer displays a handgun with a child safety lock March 15, 2000 in New York City during a press conference. The event was held to announce the support of New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir and Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro for Governor Pataki's plan to combat gun violence. The five point plan would require child safety locks to be sold with all firearms at the time of sale. (Photo by Chris Hondros)
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, based in Newtown, will donate 2,500 gun safety locks to Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield and Waterbury to be distributed to residents, free of charge.
“During the last three months, we have taken more than 700 guns off the street through our gun buyback program,” Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said in a statement. “Now, Bridgeport, Fairfield and Stratford can help make thousands of guns that remain in people’s homes safer.”
National Shooting Sports Foundation is the administrator of Project ChildSafe and has distributed 36 million firearm safety kits nationwide. The kits include a cable lock that, when installed, makes a gun impossible to fire, safety brochures and information about safe storage options.
Officials from Bridgeport, Fairfield and Stratford, as well as executives from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, will hold a news conference on Tuesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. in the mayor’s conference room, Margaret E. Morton Government Center, 999 Broad St. in Bridgeport.