The Western Springs Police Department is proud to participate in Project ChildSafe
- a firearms safety program. FREE cable gun locks are available
to residents to help secure their firearms. The locks can be picked up
at the Police Department located at 740 Hillgrove Avenue. If you have any questions, please contact the Police Department at 708-246-8540.
Project ChildSafe FAQ’s
What is Project ChildSafe? 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 (firearms safety kits). The program is supported by a U.S. Department of Justice grant (DOJ), the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and is a component of Project Safe Neighborhoods.
What is the goal of Project ChildSafe? Firearms accidents in the home can result from an unauthorized individual, often a child, finding a loaded and unsecured firearm in the home. 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 firearms safety kits that include a gun locking device.
What kind of locks are being distributed by Project ChildSafe? The gun locking device distributed in the Project ChildSafe program is a cable-style gun lock that meets the 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.
Additional information about Project ChildSafe, including exact locations of where locks can be obtained in every community, can be found at www.ProjectChildSafe.org.