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July 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names St. Louis’ Heather Heil

“S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

 

 The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Heather Heil,  Injury Prevention Outreach Coordinator for Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, as  a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in her region. The  recognition  comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E.  Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage –  particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


 Heil was selected for her efforts to educate her community about gun violence and  safety, to partner with local agencies, and to distribute gun locks throughout the  area.

 

 “One of my closest cousins was killed accidentally with a gun long before I realized what guns were. This issue is close to my heart and I know we can save lives if we continue to educate the community on injury prevention,” says Heil. “Gunshot injuries  can be prevented. People need to know the risks and dangers of leaving guns unlocked when they’re not in use. There has been a rise in accidental shootings in our area and all of those could have been prevented.”


 S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help  prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

S.A.F.E. serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Project ChildSafe has the same goals and visions as I do,” Heil says. “The program ensures individuals are educated and provided with materials on gun safety. Project ChildSafe is also impressive in its efforts to support local police and issue gun locks at no cost.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Heather Heil,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits—which include a free gun lock—to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 20, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Judy Rhodes of DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide

“S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Judy Rhodes, Founder of DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide (DIVA WOW) in Dallas, as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in her region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Rhodes was selected for her efforts to encourage safe and responsible ownership of firearms for women and youth, including secure firearm storage to reduce accidents and access by unauthorized individuals.

 

“Distributing thousands of gun locks at events and promoting responsible gun ownership and education of firearm handling and storage is our mantra,” says Rhodes. “Proper firearm storage is the number one way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse.”

 

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is key to helping prevent firearm accidents. 

 

“S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“As a result of the amazing Project ChildSafe program, our organization has given away more gun locks than any organization or individual in our great state of Texas. We are proudly known as ‘Gun lock DIVAS’,” Rhodes says.

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of Judy Rhodes and organizations like DIVA Women Outdoors Worldwide,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 20, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Cassie Shockey and Jared Sloane of Shoot Smart

“S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champions” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized the Shoot Smart team, Cassie Shockey and Jared Sloane as “Local Champions” for efforts to promote community firearm safety. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended. 


Shoot Smart, with locations in Grand Prairie and Fort Worth, was selected for increasing firearm safety awareness and preventing accidents within the community through multiple campaigns, including law enforcement partnerships, public educational presentations, and implementation of the local “Own it. Protect it. Secure it.” pledge which gained hundreds of supporters.  

 

“If we can keep just one kid from accidently accessing and discharging a firearm, we’ve succeeded. There are too many accounts of kids getting hurt or killed because they found a gun and played with it,” says Sloane. “We cannot teach or train the curiosity out of children (nor should we), so we have to take other measures to raise gun safety awareness and to make sure guns are locked and safe when not in use.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

S.A.F.E. serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“The Project ChildSafe program was created as a tool to help provide firearm safety to the community and those the industry serves,” says Shockey. “It is our job to take the ball and run with it.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Shoot Smart,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 13, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Kyle Lairmore “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Owensville’s Kyle Lairmore, Hunter Education/Shooting Range Coordinator for the State of Missouri and Executive Director of the Mid-Missouri Outdoor Dream as a “Local Champion” for his efforts to promote firearm safety in his region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Kyle Lairmore was selected for his multi-faceted efforts within the community to raise awareness about the safe and responsible handling of firearms and the importance of proper and secure storage.

 

“It is our responsibility to educate anyone handling a firearm how to do it properly and safely so that we can prevent any future firearm incidents,” says Lairmore. “It is also important to be aware of how to properly store firearms so that children or individuals without knowledge of firearm safety don’t have access to them.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

“S.A.F.E.” serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Project ChildSafe has developed the tools needed to spread the firearm safety and storage message,” Lairmore says. “Project ChildSafe helps educate my community about the importance of firearm safety and proper firearm storage which will help reduce firearm accidents.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Kyle Lairmore,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

July 6, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Magnum Shooting Center “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion” in Firearm Safety

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Colorado Springs’s Magnum Shooting Center as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.


Magnum Shooting Center was selected for its role to promote firearm safety by offering free training courses to the community. Magnum Shooting Center has also adopted a “family culture” with a modern “open range” concept, encouraging parents to bring along their kids to participate and learn about firearm safety.   

 

“At Magnum Shooting Center we are very much committed to our community and to helping people learn right, be safe and shoot well,” says co-founder, Kim Shugart. “We strive to bring gun safety to our neighbors, friends and family, which is why we have given away so many free training sessions and continue to do so every year.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“Safety is the top priority here at Magnum Shooting Center, teaching people how to be safe anytime they see a gun. We are pleased to be a part of the greater goal Project ChildSafe serves,” says Shugart. “Safe adults equals safe children, and our goal is to make everyone as safe as possible.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Magnum Shooting Center,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits –which include a free gun lock– to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 30, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Jenn Jacques “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion”

in Firearm Safety

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Green Bay’s Jenn Jacques as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Jenn Jacques was selected for her efforts to promote firearm education and safety within her community, especially for children. As a mother, gun owner and concealed carry advocate, Jenn Jacques raises awareness through her personal blog, the Bearing Arms website, NRA News and media interviews.

 

“When children learn gun safety and are confident on what to do if they see a gun, they won't be tempted to allow curiosity to place that gun in their hands. With all the firearm safety tools available to parents, we need to teach our children about gun safety while taking necessary measures to protect those who are too young to comprehend danger,” Jacques says. “I have taught my three children about firearm safety so I know firsthand how to ensure they and those around them remain safe.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“My goal is to make more people aware of how true gun safety programs like NSSF's Project ChildSafe can and do save lives,” says Jacques. “Project ChildSafe provides great tools for parents to use at home as children learn the rules of gun safety, including firearm safety kits, informational videos and educator resources.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Jenn Jacques,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Oakland County Board of Commissioners
 “S.A.F.E. Summer” Local Champion in Firearm Safety

 

Pontiac, Michigan– The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized the Oakland County Board of Commissioners as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Following its Third Annual Gun Safety Awareness Day, The Oakland County Board of Commissioners was recognized for its multi-faceted efforts to address gun safety and firearms misuse, including implementation of two wide-reaching programs – the Gun Safety Lock Giveaway and LOCK-IT-UP, introduced earlier this month.

The Board has developed partnerships with more than 30 local law enforcement agencies (including Oakland County Sheriff) as well as local businesses and organizations such as Crime Stoppers. The Board has conducted a series of informational sessions on gun violence prevention and mental health first aid training for peace officers and the public. In addition, the Board aired firearm safety public service announcements featuring broadcast personalities Diana Lewis and Mojo in the Morning on local radio and television stations including ABC 7, CBS 62 and CW 50.

 “Our goal is to continue to create various outreach efforts from developing public service announcements to holding our annual free gun lock giveaway,” says Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Chair of the Public Services Committee and its’s Study Group on Gun Violence. “We want to encourage gun owners to be responsible as well as help to protect our children and our community by locking up and properly storing firearms when not in use.”

“We want to encourage and ensure that the conversation about gun safety is ongoing,” says Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson. “We encourage the public to follow our efforts on social media and visit our website at www.oakgov/boc.”

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

“We support Project ChildSafe because of its exceptional work to educate the public on firearm safety,” says Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson. “Project ChildSafe has been an outstanding partner and a wonderful resource as we address this multi-layer issue.”

Sharing this sentiment, Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz stated, “When I envisioned the free gun lock giveaway effort and the partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe, I hoped for success, but my expectations have been exceeded. We have been able to giveaway nearly 10,000 free safety gun locks since 2014 as a result of our collaborative effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like those who serve as members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) as the “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League was selected for its work to educate the community on the importance of properly storing firearms to ensure safety.

“Having been a victim of an accidental shooting when I was a kid myself, due in part to an improperly stored firearm, I understand very well the value and importance of firearm safety and education,” says CCDL President Scott Wilson Sr.

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

“We believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to for solutions to any potential risks, and avoid them as much as we can,” Wilson said. “Project ChildSafe offers those solutions. The Executive Committee of CCDL took note of what the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe was doing, and we wanted to be a part of that effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Connecticut Citizens Defense League,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Scottsdale’s Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman, as “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe “S.A.F.E. Summer” campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Carrie Lightfoot – the 2015 GLOCK Safety Ambassador Award Winner – was selected for her role in communicating, demonstrating and teaching firearm safety. Through her organization, she provides exhaustive resources (including training videos) in all areas of gun safety, storage, ownership, training, concealed carry and more.

“In my desire to become a responsible gun owner, my own lack of knowledge and the lack of resources available for women motivated me to start The Well Armed Woman,” said Lightfoot. “As women and mothers, we have unique perspectives and needs. There was so little information and training that spoke respectfully and directly to us, so I said to myself - someone needs to do something. And I did.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

Lightfoot explains, “It is critical that accurate information, products and training be a part of every woman’s journey into gun ownership. Project ChildSafe is all of this – the materials and safety kits are fabulous and very well produced, and NSSF’s work to make them available across the country is outstanding. I want to help get them in every home! We all must do everything we can to educate and equip gun owners with the information they need to practice firearm safety.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Carrie Lightfoot,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

October 22, 2015

BENTON, LA — The Benton Police Department will be giving away free Project ChildSafe gun locks on Thursday, Oct.1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Benton (on Hwy. 3 next to the Country Junction Shell Station).

Officers will be on hand to demonstrate the correct way to secure a firearm with the gun locks. Police Chief Charles Pilkinton says “only through a combined effort, can we expect to have success and protect our most precious resource, our children, for the future of our community.”

“The law is a deterrent, but education is our best protection,” Pilkinton added. “Problems cannot be solved, and lives cannot be saved by law enforcement alone; it takes the active support and resources of the entire community.”

In addition, the Benton Police Department will be distributing literature on the following: domestic violence, drug awareness, bullying, natural/manmade disasters, and coloring books for children on bicycle safety, safety in the home and stranger awareness.

Full article on Bossier Press.