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MERIDIAN -- All four members of Idaho's congressional delegation came together to support gun safety in Meridian Tuesday.

U.S. Representatives Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador along with U.S. Senators Mike Crapo and James Risch held the event at the Sportsman's Warehouse on Fairview Avenue in Meridian.

The group gathered to promote the use of gun locks on firearms in the home. They worked with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and top local law enforcement to demonstrate and give away free gun locks.

Ada Count Sheriff Gary Raney, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue, and Meridian Police Department Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea were in attendance.

The event was focused on protecting children and promoting Project ChildSafe.

All four members of the congressional delegation made official comments.

With every right comes a responsibility, and that's what we're talking about here today -- is the responsibility to safely keep and bear arms, Sen. Risch told those gathered.

I will be going home today and talking about this to my children, and teach them what project child safe is doing, said Labrador.

However, the unavoidable topic of gun rights was also at issue.

This is the right way to approach gun safety, and to approach the firearms issue and second-amendment rights, said Sen. Crapo, addressing the crowd. In Washington, D.C. right now, we have a tremendous number of pressures. We have all kinds of ideas that are coming from the wrong directions about how we should deal with firearms in this country.

The event was sponsored by Project ChildSafe, a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearm owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits.

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