The Hendersonville Police Department participates in Project ChildSafe – a firearms safety program that provides education and free cable gun locks to the public to help secure their firearms.
The public can visit the Hendersonville Police Department Records Window at City Hall during regular business hours to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit including a cable gun lock, free of charge.
Project ChildSafe safety kits are also available at various events and classes throughout the year.
Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program whose purpose is to promote safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearms owners through the distribution of key safety education messages and free gun locking devices (firearm safety kits). The program is supported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association of the firearms industry.
Firearms accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm. The risk of firearms-related unintentional injuries or deaths can be reduced when firearms owners are aware of and fully understand their responsibility to handle firearms safely and store them in a secure manner. The goal of Project ChildSafe is to inform and educate all firearms owners on key safety issues and to provide firearm safety kits that include a gun locking device.
The gun locking device distributed in the Project ChildSafe program is a cable-style gun lock that meets the requirement of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) current testing protocol standard (F2369-04). Cable locks require that many types of firearms be unloaded before the cable lock is installed, providing an extra level of safety. Safety kits are distributed to local law enforcement agencies and are available for residents who request them.
The NC General Statute pertaining to the storage of firearms to protect minors can be found on the North Carolina General Assembly's website.
Detective Pete Laite is the Hendersonville Police Department's Point of Contact for the Project Childsafe program. He can be reached at 828-697-3048.