Benton PD to offer free gun locks Oct. 1


BENTON, LA — The Benton Police Department will be giving away free Project ChildSafe gun locks on Thursday, Oct.1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Benton (on Hwy. 3 next to the Country Junction Shell Station).

Officers will be on hand to demonstrate the correct way to secure a firearm with the gun locks. Police Chief Charles Pilkinton says “only through a combined effort, can we expect to have success and protect our most precious resource, our children, for the future of our community.”

“The law is a deterrent, but education is our best protection,” Pilkinton added. “Problems cannot be solved, and lives cannot be saved by law enforcement alone; it takes the active support and resources of the entire community.”

In addition, the Benton Police Department will be distributing literature on the following: domestic violence, drug awareness, bullying, natural/manmade disasters, and coloring books for children on bicycle safety, safety in the home and stranger awareness.