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WPD gives out free gun locks


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Part of being a responsible gun owner is being a safe gun owner.

Today the Wilmington Police Department handed out free gun locks as part of a national gun safety program called Project ChildSafe.

WPD will give out 100 locks to citizens in hopes of promoting safe firearms handling and secure storage practices among all gun owners. But don't worry if you could not pick one up today. Police say you still have an opportunity to get a lock.

"We'll have additional programs like this in the future, but we'll also have additional items like these, the gun locks, at the front desk here at the northwest and southeast division," WPD's Will Hatcher said.

The police department says the free locks are available on a first come first served basis.

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These are locks that come

These are locks that come with guns originally from the manufacturer. I guess people that need these threw away the ones that came with their guns?

I understand that their

I understand that their (WPD) intentions are good, but a locked or unloaded firearm is useless if it is the primary weapon used for home security. Do the police walk around with locks on their sidearms?

The way I interpret the

The way I interpret the article is that the locks are to be used when storing the firearms, not when they are being worn.


Yes, for "safe handling and storage". I'm don't think anyone would recommend having this lock on your weapon if you feel you may need it at a moments notice.

Guest @ 9:20 PM, I think you

Guest @ 9:20 PM, I think you missed the entire meaning of my previous post. Go back and re-read it. Maybe it will come to you this time.

Couldn't Agree More

Very well said!