BCSO offers free firearm safety kits

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Barry County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with Project ChildSafe, is offering Barry County residents free firearm safety kits as part of a nationwide firearms safety education program.

Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, has distributed more than 35 million firearm safety kits throughout the country since 2003. The program is funded through a United States Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry.

"We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe kit so they can securely store their firearms," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "Each kit contains a safety curriculum and cable-style gun lock. The lock fits 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, the Barry County Sheriff's Office is participating in a national effort to promote firearm safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe will distribute gun lock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.

"We are pleased to have the Barry County Sheriff's Office 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."

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