?Nationwide gun safety program traveling to Cleveland County

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Project Childsafe, the nation's largest firearm safety program, is distributing a new batch of gun locks free of charge to individuals in Cleveland County today.

In total, more than 500,000 gun locks will be distributed throughout the state, said program representative Paul Turner. Thursday, Turner, Purcell Police and the McClain County Sheriff's Department distributed literature packets and free gun locks to residents at the Purcell Police Department.

Today, Turner will visit the Lexington, Noble, Norman and Moore police departments as well as the Cleveland County Sheriff's Department to distribute locks, answer gun safety questions and provide information to area residents.

"The biggest misconception people have is that you can hide things from your kids," said McClain County sheriff's detective David Graham. "But that's absolutely not true."

Graham and Turner said parents shouldn't just lock up a gun but also take the time to explain safe practices with children. The free locks distributed to area law enforcement agencies not only block the gun from being loaded, but also prevent firing, Turner said.

"The whole intent of this program is to educate people about firearm safety," Turner said.

For more information about Project ChildSafe, visit the Web site www.projectchildsafe.org.

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