The Connecticut State Police and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will be working together to promote firearm safety at The Big E in West Springfield.

Lt. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police, said, “Our goal is to remind gun owners to take steps to keep firearms from falling into the wrong hands. We’ll also be reminding Connecticut gun owners about laws requiring locked storage of firearms in their homes.”

The Connecticut State Police will be distributing free gun locks, safety literature and child safety pledges at The Big E through the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program.

Project ChildSafe is a national firearm safety education program developed by NSSF that is currently promoting its “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.” campaign that emphasizes the message, “If you own a firearm, respect it and secure it when it’s not in use.” Since the founding of Project ChildSafe in 1999, the program has distributed 36 million firearm safety kits that include a gun locking device through partnerships with 15,000 law enforcement departments in every state and U.S. Territory.

State police officers will be distributing the free firearm safety materials in the Connecticut Building on The Big E fairgrounds from September 12 to 28, while supplies last. Officers will also be on hand to answer any questions about firearm safety.

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