Residents can pick up a free firearm safety kit at the Newtown Township Police Department through a partnership with Project ChildSafe.

Since 2003, the program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 37 million kits in the United States. Project ChildSafe has gained support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the firearms industry, the Bucks County’s District Attorney Office among other local police departments.

Bill Brassard Jr., Director of Project ChildSafe, is pleased the Newtown Township Police Department most recently joined the effort.

“Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms,” said Brassard.

The Bucks County DA’s office piloted the program in April with a press conference focusing on a September 2016 Milford Township tragedy.

Reports say, Benjamin Smith, 2, went to the second floor of his Upper Bucks home to watch Winnie the Pooh. His father, Nicholas Wylie, heard a loud bang and found his son with a shot to the chest.

Wylie attempted to give CPR and called 911, but it was too late.

The 27-year-old father pleaded guilty in April to involuntary manslaughter and other charges in the death of his toddler son. Wylie will serve a maximum county prison sentence of one day less than one year to one day less than two years.

Through this tragedy, ‘Ben’s Campaign‘ was kick started and has expanded with the help of Project ChildSafe.

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Newtown Township Police Chief Henry Pasqualini is encouraging residents to pick up a free safety kit during business hours at the station located on Municipal Drive.

“Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home,” said Chief Pasqualini.