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Newtown Twp. Police Have Free Gun Locks For Residents

A gun lock on a weapon.
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The Newtown Township Police Department has begun providing firearm safety kits for free to local residents.

The kit, which includes a gun lock, has been made available thanks to a partnership with Project ChildSafe, and can be picked up during normal business hours and upon request while supplies last.

Project ChildSafe is a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and has worked to distribute more than 37 million firearm safety kits throughout the country since 2003.

“We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,” said Chief Rick Pasqualini. “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.”

“We are pleased to have the Newtown Township 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.”

The program is also supported by the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the firearms industry.

In addition, there is a push county-wide to increase use of gun locks after the death of a young boy in Upper Bucks County.

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Amanda Burg

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