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Project ChildSafe Albuquerque Drive-Through Events

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Free Project ChildSafe Gun Locks and Suicide Prevention Resources to be provided at two Albuquerque locations.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Albuquerque City Councilors Brook Bassan and Klarissa Peña, representatives from Albuquerque Public Schools, and local law enforcement will host two drive-through events to provide free resources on firearms safety and suicide prevention for parents and gun owners.

The event is part of a larger “Project ChildSafe Albuquerque” initiative to help prevent firearm accidents, thefts, and misuse, including suicide. Attention on teen mental health and suicide prevention has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly as schools remain closed and young people continue to face separation from peers, increased feelings of isolation, and other stressors. These events are meant to equip parents with resources and tips to have a conversation about mental health with their children and take steps to secure firearms and other potentially lethal means. The socially-distanced event will provide free gun locks and educational materials to gun owners to encourage safe, responsible firearm storage in the home.

WHAT: Distribution of free gun locks and “A Guide for Parents: Understanding Youth Mental Health and Preventing Unauthorized Access to Firearms,” a new resource developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m.-noon

WHO: Featured Guests: Albuquerque City Councilors Brook Bassan and Klarissa Peña along with representatives from Albuquerque Public Schools, the APS Police Department, the Albuquerque Police Department, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Ergo Grips, National Shooting Sports Foundation/Project ChildSafe

WHERE: Simultaneous events will be held at the following locations:

  • Vista Del Norte Park, 1005 Osuna Rd NE
  • West Central Plaza - Conn’s HomePlus, 4208 A Central Ave SW

WHY: Unsecured guns can pose an accident risk to children and create opportunities for theft and misuse, including attempts at self-harm. Keeping guns out of the wrong hands can be accomplished when gun owners put safeguards in place appropriate to their home and family circumstances. Proper storage can help prevent guns from being stolen and used by criminals, and provide that vital “pause” that can mean the difference between life and death for people in crisis and contemplating suicide.

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