Support Gun Safety Awareness Day, now in its third year, with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement and National Shooting Sports Foundation/Project ChildSafe in conjunction with the new Lock-It-Up Oakland program at three important upcoming events during the month of June for National Safety Month.
- June 7th at 2:00 p.m. – Press Conference on the important issue of gun safety will be held in the Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium at 1200 N. Telegraph Road in Pontiac.
- June 10th – Free Gun Safety Lock Giveaway courtesy of National Shooting Sports Foundation/Project ChildSafe in partnership with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Study Group on Gun Violence.
- June 7th – 21st – Dunham’s Sports will be giving 15% discounts for gun safe purchases and additional discounts by retail supporter, Safes and Guns Unlimited, will be offered when you mention Lock-It-Up Oakland. The Lock-It-Up Oakland committee also appreciates support from Costco and Sam’s Club.
For the last three years, Public Services Committee Chair and Commissioner Bill Dwyer, along with Commissioner Marcia Gershenson have led a bi-partisan effort to combat gun violence by serving on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners‘ Study Group on Gun Violence.
The group was formed after the Sandy Hook Tragedy in 2012; they produced a “Gun Violence in Oakland County” report in July 2013. Throughout this time, they have continued to make strides with a series of public awareness initiatives.
Awareness efforts have included the creation of four public service announcements that focus on Lock-It-Up Oakland, gun safety locks, mental health, and the video game industry’s ratings system that ranks the violence level of video games.
In addition, Vice Chairman Michael Spisz has been instrumental in expanding gun safety education by spearheading the free Gun Safety Lock Giveaway, which the study group embraced as part of its ongoing efforts to promote gun safety awareness and curb gun violence in Oakland County.
With reports of gun violence increasing throughout the nation and epidemic proportions of senseless loss, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Public Services Committee’s Study Group on Gun Violence continues to work with local, state and national organizations to open up dialogue and share information on the best approach regarding the issue of prevention.
The study group is committed to looking at new ways to inform and educate Oakland County residents and looks forward to developing new partnerships with local retailers to promote gun storage safes in the near future as part of their prevention and education efforts.
These efforts are made possible through their successful partnership with the National Shooting and Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe program, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and various police departments throughout Oakland County.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners‘ Study Group on Gun Violence knows there are no easy answers, but believes that education is one essential piece to this highly political and vast gun violence prevention puzzle. Both gun safety locks and gun safes are life-saving tools that can help protect our children and the community from accidental shootings and gun violence.
Honored in 2014 with an Achievement Award for gun safety in the category of Civic Education and Public Information by The National Association of Counties (NACo), the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and its Study Group on Gun Violence are also being considered as a local ProjectChildSafe Champion.
Invest in the safety of our children and community and pick up your free gun safety lock on June 10th at participating Law Enforcement Agencies and Oakland County Sheriff’s Substations while supplies last, and take advantage of discount offerings from participating retail supporters from June 7th – 21st via the new Lock-It-Up Oakland partnership.
For more information and gun safety resources, please visit: lockitupoakland.com. Check back again soon to view new PSAs from media personalities who are assisting in the Lock-It-Up Oakland effort.
Special thanks to our committee members and partners who have helped to make Gun Safety Awareness Day and Lock-It-Up Oakland possible.
Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Public Services Committee
Chair: Bill Dwyer
Majority Vice Chair: Michael Spisz
Minority Vice Chair: Janet Jackson
Lock-It-Up Oakland Committee
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard
Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer
Frank Demers, Farmington Police Chief
David Molloy, Novi Police Chief
Lloyd Collins, South Lyon Police Chief
Michael Patton, West Bloomfield Police Chief
Local Law Enforcement Partners