Keeping kids safe around firearms

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area police department and business are working to promote gun safety.

You can pick up a free gun lock and brochure with safety tips from the La Crosse Police Department or Wiebke Fur and Trading Company in La Crosse.

The two have partnered with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe, which is a nationwide program working to increase awareness about safe firearms handling and storage.

Police said they want to get the word out, because there have been incidents across the country where children have found a firearm and shot someone.

Police also said there are a lot of households with children in the community that also have firearms.

“We as parents can't watch our children 24/7, and if we have firearms in the homes we need to make sure that they're secured in a safe place so that the kids can't get to those firearms,” said Sgt. Randy Rank, La Crosse Police Department.

Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million safety kits since 2003 in all 50 states and five U.S. Territories.

La Crosse Police Department 608-789-7240
Wiebke Fur and Trading Company 608-784-4402

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