A collection of 22 anti-gun groups are delivering signatures Thursday calling for a two-year $2.4 million federal grant to fund a free gun lock program be canceled.

The grant, awarded by the Justice Department in September, is to fund firearm safety education messaging and free gun locks through National Shooting Sports Foundation’s long-running Project ChildSafe program to communities throughout the country. Key tenets of the program, started in 1997, include responsible firearm storage to help reduce firearm accidents, theft and misuse.

However, an alliance of gun control organizations to include the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Stop Handgun Violence, MomsRising and the Newtown Action Alliance feel the money could be better spent by programs they advocate rather than by the NSSF, which is the trade association for the gun industry.

They contend the trade group’s lobbying on behalf of relaxed gun laws and opposition to expanding background checks and restrictions shouldn’t be rewarded with federal funds and are delivering a petition to the DOJ to recall the grant.

“It seems we can’t go a day in this country without a mass shooting occurring,” said Po Murray, Chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, in an email to “It is outrageous that, in this climate of violence, Congress would authorize the Obama Administration to give taxpayer money to a lobby that has fought against any and all attempts to prevent these tragedies We will continue to follow the money trail to make sure taxpayer dollars are not being granted…

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