VERONA, NJ – The Verona Police Department will provide 200 free firearm safety kits to local residents through Partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gunlock, will be distributed at the Sustainable Verona Green Fair on Saturday May21, 2016 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 35 million firearm safety kits throughout the country since 2003. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice and the firearms industry.

“We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so that they can securely store their firearm,” said Officer Anthony Condorelli, Project ChildSafe coordinator for the Verona PD. “Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit 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.”

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By partnering with Project ChildSafe, Verona Police Department is participating in a national effort to promote firearms safety education to all gun owners. Project ChildSafe will distribute gunlock safety kits to all 50 states and the five U.S. territories.

“We are pleased to have the Verona 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 safe handling and storage of firearms.”