For More Information:
Max Milkman, CeaseFirePA Education Fund Lead Organizer
215-870-5733, max.milkman@ceasefirepa.org

COATESVILLE — On Monday, January 18th the Coatesville City Police Department will partner with CeaseFirePA Education Fund, and the Episcopal of the Trinity Church to dispense free gun locks and promote responsible gun ownership.

“According to reports, last year was a record-breaking year for gun sales in Pennsylvania” said Sergeant Rodger Ollis of the City of Coatesville Police Department. “Our Commonwealth has already experienced 75 reported gun deaths and injuries in 2021, including incidents of mishandling firearms which tragically resulted in two deaths according to the Gun Violence Archive. We appreciate the opportunity to help reduce the potential of accidental death and injury by providing locks and are pleased to make our community aware that safety measures are vitally important in regard to responsible gun ownership” continued Ollis.

Law enforcement agencies and gun safety advocates are working to educate gun owners, especially new ones who have not had access to firearm training because of COVID-19 restrictions, on how to properly store their firearms to prevent unintentional injuries and provide free gun lock devices. The gun locks will be provided free of charge and no questions asked by CeaseFirePA in an effort to promote firearm owners to actively take steps to reduce unintentional shootings, homicides, and suicides.

“The right to bear arms comes with the responsibility to learn how to properly use, maintain, and secure your firearm to protect yourself and loved ones from unintentional tragedies” said Max Milkman, Lead Organizer for CeaseFirePA.

Free gun locks will be handed out at the Episcopal of the Trinity Church located at 323 Lincoln Highway East, Coatesville, PA 19320 from 12-2pm.