News Archive, July 2015

July 22, 2015


It has been more than a year since we first told you free gun locks were available at local police stations. The original list of those departments was Satsuma, Chickasaw, Saraland, and Daphne. We are updating that list for you now after a 3-year-old remains in the hospital because he was accidentally shot in the head.

Four police departments in Mobile still offer the free gun locks program: Mobile, Satsuma, Chickasaw, and Daphne. Only two of them actually have the locks ready to pick up: Mobile and Daphne. If you want a free lock for your gun, you can pick one up at either of those departments. Chickasaw and Satsuma say they plan on ordering more soon.

At the Daphne Police Department, the locks are part of a project called Project Child Safe. The project is sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. It gives police departments free gun locks for you to use on your guns at home. Lt. Jud Beedy with the Daphne Police Department says the locks are doing they're job.

"We always mention to people whenever the subject comes up that we've got their free gun locks and they work so, if they ever need them come and get them."

The locks are meant to teach children that guns are not toys and should not be played with. The purpose of the lock is simple: to stop the gun from firing, even if a child does get a hold of one. "It forces the gun into a position where it can't be used so there's no bullets in the gun," Lt. Beedy explained.

Here's how they work: Empty the bullets from the gun first. The lock cable goes through the handle to block the slide on top of the gun from closing. Lock it, then hide the key. Even if a child did find a way to put a bullet in the gun, it still wouldn't fire the bullet. Each lock comes with its own instruction manual for different types of guns like shotguns, pistols, rifles, and revolvers.

Lt. Beedy hopes the guns have helped saved lives. "You know I would like to think that, but, how can you really prove that." He said there have been no incidents of accidental shootings with a child in Daphne. The Daphne Police Department has around 100 locks left.

Original story on WSFA 12.

July 22, 2015

Santa Cruz police are offering free gun locks to residents who want to keep their firearms safe. A gun lock consists of a cord through the chamber of the weapon and attach it to a padlock, ensuring that the gun can’t be loaded or fired without the key.

The free locks and gun-safety information from Project Childsafe are available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday through Thursday at the Santa Cruz police station, 155 Center St.

“Gun locks can save lives,” said Santa Cruz police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke.

Information: www.projectchildsafe.org.

Original story in Santa Cruz Sentinel.

July 8, 2015


With two murders in Quincy in less than six months, and another scare Wednesday over what sounded like shots fired, the community remains concerned about gun violence.

The timing coincides with an effort to secure guns in homes and keep them from getting into the wrong hands. Starting Thursday, July 9, Adams County residents can pick up free gunlocks at the Adams County Health Department. It's part of a program called Project Childsafe.

The nationwide firearms safety education program was brought here by the Quincy Police Department and SafeKids Adams County. Volunteers will be handing out cable-style gunlocks free of charge for local firearm owners. Officials are pushing gunlocks so families can safely store their firearm and prevent a child or other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm at home.

"We try to do the injury prevention. Gun safety is one of the things that we really like to focus on because it's a risk," SafeKids Adams County Coordinator Triena Dietrich said. "Unintentional injuries are one of the main causes of death for children."

The locks fit most types of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.

Original story on WGEM.com.