Project Childsafe

Firearms accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home. The risk of firearms-related unintentional injuries or deaths can be reduced when firearms owners are aware of and fully understand their responsibility to handle firearms safely and store them in a secure manner.

The Waseca Police Department received gunlocks for free from Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owners. The program is supported by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and is a component of Project Safe Neighborhoods. The goal of Project ChildSafe is to inform and educate all firearms owners on key safety issues and to provide firearms safety kits that include a gun locking device.

The gun locking device distributed in the Project ChildSafe program is a cable-style gun lock that meets the California AB106 standard. Cable locks require that many types of firearms be unloaded before the cable lock is installed, providing an extra level of safety.

The locks will be provided to Waseca residents free of charge at the Waseca Police Department on a request basis.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving a free gunlock, please contact Officer Girtler, Waseca Police Department’s Firearm Coordinator/Instructor at (507) 835-9720, extension 786, or by email at

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