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Gun safety program gets national attention

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A tragedy no parent wants to experience has become an opportunity for a Little River couple to keep countless kids safe. Now, their efforts are receiving national attention.

The Matthew Bellamy Project began three years ago in 2010. Chip and Mylissa Bellamy run the project, named after their son, out of their home.

"Mathew was in a home where an unsecured firearm was left on a bed," Mylissa recalls. "A 12 year-old friend picked it up by the trigger, turned and pointed it at Matthew, and it discharged."

The Matthew Bellamy Project provides gun safety literature for children, and gun locks and safety kits for parents. Recently, a national publication caught wind of the project.

"In May of this year," Mylissa said, "Matthew's story was featured in Parents Magazine. Now we've received requests from 13 different states for gun locks."

Mylissa says the main focus for the program is to expand beyond North and South Carolina into the American Southeast.

You can learn more about the Matthew Bellamy Project at http://www.thematthewbellamyproject.com, and learn more about the incident and founding of the project at http://www.wmbfnews.com/story/11866800/family-friends-hold-funeral-for-nmb-child-shot-to-death.

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