East Syracuse Police to distribute free gunlocks

Sally Seeley doesn't like the idea of guns in the home.

"Why do you need a handgun?" the East Syracuse resident asked. "It makes no sense to me."

Seeley is among thousands who hold the same view. But like it or not, it is legal to own registered firearms.

Project ChildSafe, a nationwide firearm safety education and gunlock program, reminds gun owners of the importance in maintaining a safe environment for their family and friends. Its purpose is to promote safe handling and secure storage practices among all firearms owners.

The East Syracuse Police Department announced last week it is now an active participant in this program.

Project ChildSafe delivered to the department 200 free kits to distribute to local residents. The kits include a cable-style gun locking device, lock installment instructions and a safety booklet.

"I had the program in Liverpool and that's when I became aware of it," said ESPD Chief Don Morris who also served as police chief in the northern suburb prior to East Syracuse. "There is no cost associated with the program."

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, along with Syracuse, Liverpool and now the East Syracuse police departments are the only local agencies who participate in Project ChildSafe at this time.

No questions asked

Safety kits include a gun-locking device that fits most types of firearms. Residents are encouraged to pick up their free gunlocks, no questions asked, at the East Syracuse Police Department, located at 204 North Center St. in East Syracuse.

The administrative office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"If we can save just one life, our efforts are completely worth it," said Project ChildSafe National Coordinator Kari Crockett.

Seeley echoed the sentiment.

For more information on Project ChildSafe, visit projectchildsafe.org.

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