Free gun locks available to public from Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

PITTSBURGH — In an effort to minimize accidental shootings and help all residents be responsible gun owners, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is providing free gun locks for all members of the public while supplies last.

The locks are available at all zones within the city, and at Police Headquarters on Western Avenue.

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Gun locks are a crucial part of the effort to curb accidental shootings by preventing children from discharging a firearm and injuring themselves or others. Oftentimes, efforts by parents or guardians to obtain a gun lock and properly secure a gun can prevent tragedy.

“Taking five to ten minutes to place the lock on a gun could potentially save a life,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. “That’s what we’re trying to get out to the public today, that these locks are available.”

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Hissrich added that learning to use a gun lock is a simple process. The device laces through the magazine chamber into the ejection port before locking in place. Keys should always be kept away from children or placed in a secured location, like a vault.

This announcement comes on the heels of deaths of children in the area due to gun violence.

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To view a demonstration on the proper use of a gun lock, click here.

Those who would like to obtain a gun lock can pick one up at any police station in the city, as well as the police headquarters.