Gun Control Group Sends Locks To NFL Players Who Got Guns As Gifts

A Philadelphia Eagles player bought his teammates shotguns as gifts, and a local gun control advocacy group is making sure they are practicing safety first.

A Pennsylvania gun control advocacy group had the perfect response to the Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback buying his entire offensive line Beretta shotguns for Christmas.

Carson Wentz, 24, purchased personalized firearms with each player's number engraved, according to The Huffington Post. However, it doesn't appear that he offered any insight or resources on how to practice proper gun safety.

CeaseFire PA, a gun control advocacy group, picked up the slack by sending the players gun locks to help remind them that they need to handle their deadly new toys responsibly.

“Our staff’s immediate reaction to the news about Wentz’s gifts to his teammates was to ensure that the gifts were used safely and responsibly,” Shira Goodman, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.

Ironically, Eagles wide receiver Josh Huff was just arrested last month and subsequently cut from the team for possessing an unloaded 9 mm handgun without a permit as well as a magazine with six hollow-point bullets.

One would think that after witnessing the fate of their teammate that the Eagles would be particularly cautious with firearms, but that didn't deter Wentz from choosing the controversial gift for his players.

CeaseFire PA urges all of the team's gun owners to enroll in safety courses.

"We want them and their families to all be in top condition for next season,” Goodman said in the statement. “We welcome all Eagles players and fans to become our partners in working for a safer Pennsylvania."

Let's hope the players lock their "gifts" away as keepsakes and don't end up hurting someone or using them for any unlawful activity. 

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