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Benton PD to hand out gun safety locks
Benton PD to hand out gun safety locks

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - Amid all of the crimes being committed involving guns in our society today, one police department is trying to make a difference. 

Through the help of the Project ChildSafe Program and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Benton Police Department will be distributing free gun safety locks to residents in the area. 

Fatal firearms accidents in all age groups dropped by 22 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the National Safety Council. Chief Kirk Lane said the BNPD has been a member of the Project ChildSafe Program for a number of years and attributes the decrease of firearm fatalities to the education of firearm safety to citizens along with the increase of gun safety locks being provided to gun owners.

“We are ramping the program up this year due to a rash of guns being stolen from homes and vehicles,” Lane said. “And because of accidents that have resulted in deaths due to the mishandling of firearms. Placing the cable-style gun lock is the first step in safely securing your gun.”

According to the Benton Police Department, the program promotes the safe storage of firearms and raises awareness about firearm safety by distributing gun locks and educational material to gun owners. Gun locking devices render firearms inoperable and should be used in addition to safe firearms handling and storage methods. The lock is intended to discourage unauthorized access to a firearm, but should not be considered a high-security device.

For more information about Project ChildSafe visit www.projectchildsafe.org