News Archive, October 2015

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.

October 20, 2015

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – A shocking statistic that no parent wants to hear. According to the FBI and Centers for Disease Control, more pre-schoolers are dying from guns.

Most incidents involve children finding their parent’s guns. WCBI’s Renae Skinner talks to local experts about the importance of Gun safety.

” It’s not enough to just hide the gun. You have to explain what the gun is for”

Gwendolyn Gray is an Outpatient Children’s Therapist at the Community Counseling Center… and she’s a mom.
When she and her husband bought a gun for protection, they all sat down for a talk.

“Explain to them what they see in the movies or TV or in video games even…is not real”

It’s something she suggests all parents who have guns in the home do with their kids.

“When we watch TV and people get shot they may get back up. In real life that doesn’t happen. A gun is not a toy.”

A recent study says there’s been a lack of explaining when it comes to gun safety in the home.

Reports done by the FBI and the CDC show in 2013 more preschool children from newborns to 5 years old  were killed than police officers in the line of duty.

The report cited children getting a hold of their parents’ weapons and not knowing the dangers.

Conversations that could have saved precious lives.  But there’s one project that is aimed at saving little ones from tragic accidents.

“If you don’t know how to talk gun safety with your child, Project “Child Safe”can give you some pointers. You can log on to the website projectchildsafe.org and there’s even an instructional video on where to begin the conversation.”

Project Child Safe is a nonprofit organization that promotes firearm safety in the home by using trigger locks.

“If it avoids one injury or accidental shooting that will be worth it no matter how many we give away.”

Gun range officer James Hanson is hoping a partnership between project child safe and the Columbus Police Department will help prevent senseless shootings.

“With that partnership, we’ll be able to give away two gunlocks per household.”

In the mean time Officer Hanson says parents not only should talk to their children about firearm safety..but also walk the walk.

“Leave it unloaded, keep the ammunition somewhere else. Use Child safety locks use gun locks, use gun safes.”


Full article can be found on WCBI.

October 13, 2015

Las Vegas, NV -(AmmoLand.com)- Las Vegas Bass Pro Shops, Tactical West Las Vegas and the Nevada Department of Wildlife will present two free seminars on firearm safety and training to help gun owners take steps to handle and store firearms responsibly.

Nevada Department of Wildlife representatives will also be on hand to distribute free gun locks and safety information, provided by Project ChildSafe, to each family that attends (while supplies last). Attendees will also have a chance to win a $100 Bass Pro Gift Card.

Family Firearm Safety Seminars

These seminars are developed to educate residents on the concepts of firearm safety  – especially safe handling and secure storage. Knowing about these practices is important whether there are guns in the home or not.  Whole families are encouraged to attend these free seminars, which will include instruction, videos and informational materials to take home.  Each family will also receive a free gun lock and safety kit provided by Project ChildSafe, and will be entered to win a $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

Seminars will be conducted by Kevin McNair, owner of Tactical West, member of Bass Pro’s Hunting Pro Staff and an instructor for the Nevada Department of Wildlife Hunter Education Program. McNair was named a Project ChildSafe “Local Champion” this year for his work to promote firearm safety.

Full article can be found on Ammoland.
October 7, 2015

The James City County Police Department is offering two free firearm safety classes to the public. Each one-session class will cover basic safety, handling, storage and basic laws related to carrying a concealed handgun in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

The class does not include hands-on training and personal firearms should be left at home in a secure location. A certificate of attendance will be provided to attendees.

The classes will be held on Oct. 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. and Nov. 21 from 9-11:30 a.m. Both classes will be held at the Law Enforcement Center at 4600 Opportunity Way.

Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. Contact Master Officer Alan McDowell at 757-603-6026 to register.

Grant funding received from the National Rifle Association Foundation and Project ChildSafe was used to purchase class materials and gunlocks for this free class.

Full article can be found on The Virginia Gazette.