With safety in its sights, EPD offers free gun locks

10:00 am | September 20, 2013

It’s been at least a year since the Elizabethton Police Department has offered child safety gun locks to the public free of charge.

Photo by Brandon HicksElizabethton Police Sgt. Will Johnson demonstrates the installation of a gun safety lock.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Elizabethton Police Sgt. Will Johnson demonstrates the installation of a gun safety lock.

Sgt. Will Johnson thinks it’s time to bring them back. “There hasn’t been any for a long time,” Johnson said. “They come to us free of charge, and they are free to the public.”

Johnson said a gun shop owner in Kingsport told him about Project ChildSafe, which is a National Shooting Sports Foundation initiative that aims to promote firearm safety nationwide.

The NSSF began Project ChildSafe partnerships with law enforcement agencies across the U.S. in 2003.

According to Project ChildSafe, there was a 22 percent decrease in fatal firearm accidents from 2000 to 2010. However, Johnson said it seems recently guns sales have increased along with debates about gun laws and ownership rights.

“Everybody is buying guns,” Johnson said. “They can’t keep ammunition and guns in the stores. That means so many more weapons and guns are out there and hopefully people will take advantage of this.”

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