ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – City leaders are encouraging gun owners to store their firearms in a safe place in an effort called Project ChildSafe Secure Albuquerque. On Wednesday, the city was giving out free gun locks, and police were showing people how to keep their guns stored safely.
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“Secure firearm storage in the home and in vehicles can play an important role and prevent thefts of guns to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. Finally, proper storage can prevent suicide,” said Joe Bartozzi of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
The city is working with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project Childsafe, a national firearm safety program. Organizers say the safe keeping of guns can help prevent accidents involving children, thefts, and suicides.
The event follows the Washington Middle School shooting in August. Police say 13-year-old Juan Saucedo Jr. used his father’s gun to shoot and kill another student at the school.