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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release August 14, 1997


This week, Smith and Wesson -- the world's largest manufacturer of handguns -- announced that it is forging a partnership with the Master Lock Company to provide a child safety lock with every handgun sold for commercial use. I applaud both of these companies for their efforts to promote gun safety.

I particularly want to commend Smith and Wesson for taking an important and responsible step for children's safety. Child safety locks are the right thing to do. In 1994, 185 children were killed by accidental gunshot wounds. That is why my Anti-Gang and Youth Violence legislation would require that all federally-licensed gun dealers provide such safety devices with every handgun sold. And that is why on March 3rd I ordered all federal agencies to provide child safety locks with the thousands of handguns they issue to federal law enforcement officers.

Child safety locks have garnered the wide support of law enforcement, the medical community, many local governments, and now a part of the firearms manufacturing industry. This fall the full Senate considers the Anti-Juvenile Crime legislation, I hope they will include the child safety lock as part of the legislation.

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