Free gunlocks being offered to the public

Rapid City, S.D. (KOTA TV) – The Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are committed to the safety of children in our community. In an effort to encourage responsible gun ownership, the both agencies have partnered with Project ChildSafe in order to provide free gunlocks to interested firearm owners.

Project ChildSafe was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry, and is committed to promoting genuine firearm safety through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits.

The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and a brochure that discusses safe handling and secure storage guidelines to help deter access by unauthorized individuals.

“In law enforcement, we’re all about the safe and responsible ownership of firearms,” says School Liaison Sergeant Brian Blenner. “The last thing we ever want is for a child to get hurt by an improperly stored gun. Use of these locks will help prevent that.”

While supplies last, interested members of the public may obtain a free gunlock by visiting the Public Safety Building located at 300 Kansas City Street during regular business hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and requesting one from at the window of the PCSO’s Civil division. Two gunlocks per person maximum, please.