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Kennett Police offer free gun locks to public for child safety

Jan 28, 2013 -- 5:30pm

The Kennett Police Department gave out free gun locks and safety literature Saturday afternoon.  The locks were supplied by, a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices by owners with safety education messages and free firearm safety kits.  Kennett Police Sergeant Craig Crow tells KZIM-KSIM they distributed the 50 locks to homes with children and where children visit to promote safety.  Crow says investing a few moments of time now to ensure guns are secured can prevent the needless loss of life and the possibility of criminal penalties.  The NRA provided the literature for the public, some focusing on their child safety courses they offer.  The website offers safety curriculum and information on how you can encourage your community law enforcement to offer the free kits to the public. 

More tips from the Kennett police:

-Share information. Teach your children about the dangers of guns. They are not toys-they can kill or injure. What they see on TV and in the movies is different than real life.

-Hiding your gun is a good idea, but not good enough. A child's curiosity and desire to explore are strong. Secure an unloaded gun in a childproof container, such as a safe or locked box.

-Place the container in a high, unreachable location. 

-Store ammunition separately in a safety storage device. 

-Trigger locks and locking cables are two examples of additional security devices. Partial disassembly is also an option.

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