Project Childsafe coming to Carter County

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
As part of Project Childsafe, the Carter County Sheriff's Department will be providing 1,000 free firearm safety kits to local residents during the Covered Bridge Celebration.
The safety kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed to families on Kids Day during the Covered Bridge Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to CCSD Deputy Michael Carlock. Anyone interested in receiving a free firearm safety kit can visit the Sheriff's Department booth. While there, residents can register for drawings for free prizes all day long.
The Sheriff's Department will also be handing out the free firearm safety kits on June 17 from 7-9 p.m. at the Carter County Courthouse during the CCSD Drug Awareness Program for parents.
"We want everybody to come and pick up one of these firearm safety kits so that they can store their weapon in a safe manner," said Carter County Sheriff John Henson. "Each kit contains a safety education booklet and a cable-style gun lock. These locks will fit most handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal here is to prevent a child from getting hold of a weapon that may result in some sort of accident. We want the kids to be safe."
Project Childsafe is a nationwide program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and is currently distributing millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country. The program is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Justice and receives additional funding from the firearms industry.
By partnering with the Project Childsafe program, the Carter County Sheriff's Department is participating in a growing national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. While gun related accidents and deaths among children are at an all time low, the Sheriff's Department realized that one tragedy is one too many, states Carlock in a press release on the program.