ASTORIA - The largest gunlock giveaway program in U.S. history is coming to Clatsop County. Project HomeSafe will hand out cable locks and firearm safety information in Seaside Aug. 29 and Astoria Aug. 30.
Project HomeSafe is a nationwide program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and state and community partners to help ensure safe and responsible firearm ownership and storage, Clatsop County Sheriff John Raichl said. Funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, the program intends to distribute 3 million firearm safety kits that include a gunlock in all 50 states this year. The project is touring throughout Oregon in August in cooperation with the Oregon State Sheriffs Association and the U.S. Attorney General's Office.
A 16-foot truck that functions as a mobile firearm safety classroom will be in Seaside Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 7 N. Roosevelt Drive, from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 and in the parking lot of Hauke's Sentry, 3300 Leif Erikson Drive, from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 30.
A Safety Tour coordinator, working with local law enforcement officers, will provide firearm safety information and a free safety kit to gun owners. Visitors can watch a safety video and check out a display of safe storage equipment. Children accompanying adults can participate by taking the Project HomeSafe Pledge to be safe around guns and present the signed pledge to their parents.