West Pelzer Police Department offering free firearm safety kits

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The West Pelzer Police Department is providing free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be distributed while supplies last at the Town of West Pelzer Municipal Center Building, at the front office window.

Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 37 million firearm safety kits throughout the country since 2003. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the firearms industry.

“We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,” said Chief Eliopoulos. “Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home.”

By partnering with Project ChildSafe, West Pelzer Police Department is participating in a national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe distributes gun lock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.

“We are pleased to have the West Pelzer Police Department as a Project ChildSafe partner,” said Bill Brassard Jr., director of Project ChildSafe. “Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms.”