County, local police raise awareness with gun lock giveaway

Farmington Hills Police and Farmington Public Safety Departments have received free gun locks, as part of an Oakland County effort to raise awareness about gun safety.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Public Services Committee’s Study Group on Gun Violence, spearheaded by Farmington area commissioners Bill Dwyer and Marcia Gershenson, gave away the locks during its 3rd Annual Gun Safety Awareness Day News Conference, held June 7, at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium in Pontiac.

The countywide Gun Safety Day Free Gun Lock Giveaway program kicks off June 10.

Farmington Hills and Farmington officers are featured in a video that promotes gun safety, and both departments are participants in the campaign. Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus in a press release encouraged all gun owners to discuss gun safety at home and remind young children, if they ever encounter a gun, “Don’t touch it and immediately tell an adult.”

Nebus also shared a reminder about the four cardinal rules of firearm safety:

1. Treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

2. Always point your firearm in a safe direction.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are on target and have decided to fire.

4. Be sure of your target and also what’s behind it.

Farmington area residents can pick up free gun locks on June 10, and any day of the week, at the Farmington Hills Police Department, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd., or Farmington Public Safety Department, 23600 W. Liberty St. Visit lockitupoakland.com for more information, and to print a Dunham’s Sports discount coupon for gun safety supplies.

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