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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and BR Police Department Launch Project ChildSafe Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, LA — Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Chief Murphy Paul and local community organizations announce the launch of Project ChildSafe Baton Rouge, an initiative designed to encourage responsible firearms ownership and secure storage of guns, as a part of Mayor Broome’s action plan for a safe, hopeful, and healthy Baton Rouge.

Project ChildSafe Baton Rouge is in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and will be a year-long effort to help prevent firearms accidents, thefts and misuse, including suicide. As part of this campaign, Mayor Broome is empowering local organizations to help spread messages about the importance of proper firearms storage and to distribute free firearm safety kits, including a gun lock, to local residents.

“Gun locks are a critical tool for responsible gun ownership,” said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome. “A gun lock is a simple device that can save the life of a child and prevent a stolen or misplaced weapon from being misused.”

The media event coincides with a community-wide gun lock distribution event at the Baton Rouge Police Department from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. Locks will also be available throughout the year at all BRPD district precincts, community centers, local faith centers, and other community locations.

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Baton Rouge Police Headquarters

9000 Airline Hwy.

Baton Rouge, LA 70815

CONTACT: Courtney Scott

Chief Service Officer

Desk: 225-389-7956 

Mobile: 225-262-9322

The program is locally supported by:

  • Baton Rouge Police Department Beacon Light Church
  • East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Community Center
  • Firearms Range & Clothing Boy Scouts of America
  • Chaneyville Community Center Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Charles R. Kelly Community Center A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League
  • Family and Youth Service Center
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Baton Rouge Project ChildSafe is an NSSF program launched in 1999 to promote firearms safety through the distribution of safety education resources and free firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun lock. Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 38 million safety kits to gun owners.

Unsecured guns can pose an accident risk to children and create opportunities for theft and misuse, including suicide attempts. Keeping guns out of the wrong hands can be accomplished when gun owners put safeguards in place appropriate to their home and family circumstances. Proper storage can help prevent firearms from being stolen and used in crimes. It also helps prevent at-risk individuals from having access to them.

Gun locks and firearm safety kits will be available at the following locations:

BRPD 1st District

4445 Plank Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70805


BRPD 3rd District 

9000 Airline Hwy.

Baton Rouge, LA 70815


BRPD 5th District

201 North 3rd St.

Baton Rouge, LA 70801



Chaneyville Community Center 

13211 Jackson Road

Zachary, LA 70791



BRPD 2nd District 

2265 Highland Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70802



BRPD 4th District 

8227 Scenic Hwy.

Baton Rouge, LA 70807



Beacon Light Baptist Church

7513 Prescott Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70812


MLK Community Center

4000 Gus Young Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70802


Charles R. Kelly Community Center

3535 Riley Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70805


Project ChildSafe Flyer
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