JUNE 3, 2016

CONTACT: Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, 412-350-4714

Agencies to Stress Importance of Responsible Gun
Ownership & Demonstrate Gun Lock Fundamentals




Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

Monday, June 6, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Allegheny County Sheriff's Office
Allegheny County Courthouse - Courtyard
436 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

PITTSBURGH, PA - Learning the safe storage and proper treatment of firearms is a vital measure every firearm owner should take to prevent gun accidents, protect children and ensure weapons stored in the home are never subject to theft or misuse.  On Monday, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Police, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe will team resources in a public safety event providing community members with free gun locks, firearms safety kits and educational materials and demonstrations.  The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office wants citizens to understand responsible gun ownership is an important component to obstructing gun violence and crime involving firearms in the community. 

“As public shooting incidents and acts of terrorism persist abroad and in the United States, the Sheriff’s Office expects to continue processing the steady, increased flow of firearms applications it is accustomed to handling,” said Sheriff William Mullen.  “With our amplified duties comes increased urgency to educate and equip citizens with the tools they need to protect themselves and others. Every mishandled and stolen firearm is a potential threat, especially when in the wrong hands.”

The Sheriff’s Office urges gun owners to inventory their weapons frequently, to minimize the possibility of them being accessed by individuals and fugitives who are prohibited from possessing firearms. Citizens attending Monday’s event will have the opportunity to speak with, and receive instruction from, law enforcement professionals regarding the proper methods for installing gun locks on a range of firearms.  

“Gun safety will always be an issue at the forefront of public safety and the Sheriff’s Office is happy to join the Pittsburgh Police, National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe to engage citizens, prevent crime and make Allegheny County a safer place,” said Sheriff Mullen.

Participation in Monday’s event is one of several ways the Sheriff’s Office has strived to make obtaining concealed carry gun permits and firearm safety information accessible for all residents of Allegheny County.  This year, the Sheriff’s Office has provided citizens the opportunity to apply for their firearms licenses, on Saturdays, at various satellite locations throughout Allegheny County.  The Sheriff’s Office has also provided a series of gun safety seminars for residents. Every individual who attended a seminar received a free gun lock compliments of Project ChildSafe.