Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Governor Perry Announces $500,000 Grant to Continue Project Childsafe in Texas

Monday, November 12, 2001  •  Press Release

AUSTIN - Governor Rick Perry announced today the awarding of a $500,000 grant to continue the Project ChildSafe program in Texas. The funds, awarded by the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of the Governor's Office, will extend the program for another year and pay for free child safety gun locks to approximately 390,000 Texas residents.

"Project ChildSafe demonstrates responsible gun ownership, and this grant assures a very successful program will continue to operate in Texas," Perry said. "Working through local law enforcement agencies, thousands of gun owners across our state have taken part in a program that promotes additional safety in the home."

The State Criminal Justice Planning Fund Grant of $500,000, awarded to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), continues a program that distributes gun safety locks along with educational material and packaging. NSSF, which is based in Connecticut, coordinates distribution of gun safety kits through local sheriff's and police departments statewide. The kits are provided to gun owners at no cost.

Approximately 800 Texas law enforcement agencies have received and distributed more than 720,000 safety kits to gun owners since Project ChildSafe began in July 2000.

Each year, CJD provides millions of dollars in grant funding to help Texans at the forefront of the fight against crime. CJD funds a variety of programs for juvenile justice, crime prevention and victims' services - all aimed at making Texas a safer place. CJD currently provides more than $140 million in annual funding to local, regional and statewide projects.

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