Project HomeSafe the nationwide firearm safety education program, is in Storm Lake on Thursday, October 24, at the Wal-Mart on 1280 North Lake Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon.
This stop in Storm Lake is part of a 21-day tour throughout the state to distribute 25,000 free gunlocks and promote firearm safety. Iowa residents are able to pick up a free gunlock and speak with a Project HomeSafe representative about the safe handling and storage of firearms. The program features a 16-foot mobile classroom designed to provide firearm safety education at the community level.
The Iowa U.S. Attorney's office and members of the Iowa law enforcement community have partnered with Project HomeSafe to encourage firearm safety across the state. The cable-style gunlock, included in the kit, fits many different types of firearms. Additionally, the lock requires that a firearm is unloaded before being installed and added safety benefit of the Project HomeSafe lock.
Developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Project HomeSafe is funded by the firearms industry and a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The program, which plans to distribute 3,000,000 firearm safety kits nationally through 2002, is endorsed by the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors (NCLG0 and is widely supported by law enforcement.
Iowa parents and children visiting the mobile classroom are encouraged to take the Project HomeSafe Pledge, where a child pledges to not handle firearms without permission. Upon taking the pledge, children receive a ribbon stating, "I pledged to be safe."
Since September of 2001, five Project HomeSafe mobile classrooms have toured 43 states visiting over 1,000 communities. The program has logged over 100,000 miles during the nationwide tour.