LPD handing out gun safety locks

Kim Dunlap | Pharos-TribuneThe gun safety locks can be installed and removed in a matter of seconds. Officers said the locks are just another level of security and are part of responsible gun ownership.

Even if one life is saved, it’s worth it.

That was the message Logansport Police Department Chief Rob Smith gave recently when addressing the new gun safety locks the department has in stock ready to hand out to the public.

Smith said that the national program “Project Child Safe” — part of the National Shooting Sports Foundation —reached out to the department about the gun safety locks after hearing about the Oct. 25 tragic self-inflicted shooting death of Karter McCutchen, 3.

Along with the safety locks, Smith said the department is also handing out literature detailing tips for responsible gun ownership and a child’s safety pledge that families can go through together.

The gun safety locks can be installed and removed in a matter of seconds and are easy to use too, LPD Lt. A.J. Rozzi explained.

“First off, you unload the weapon and take the magazine out,” he said. “Then you just undo the lock and run it up through the magazine well up through the slide, lock it together with a key, and then the firing pin cannot hit. When you want to unlock it, it’s just a matter of unlocking it with the key and pulling the lock out of the gun.”

Smith said that while the gun safety locks are useful for people who might have weapons easily accessible to children, he encourages people to install them on weapons locked away in safes as well.

It’s just another safeguard against potential tragedy, he said.

“This can also go to the guy or gal that has eight or 10 guns in their home in a gun safe, and maybe they’re not using them right now,” Smith said. “Well this is a second means of security on those guns. Maybe your gun safe is unlocked one day, and a kid gets in there. This is just another means of protection.”

Rozzi agreed, referencing the October shooting.

“Those people involved in that case, both the family and the homeowner, are going to have a hard time for the rest of their lives dealing with what happened,” he said. “You never know when someone is going to stop by or when a young child is going to be at your house, and if you don’t practice good gun ownership, you could be in the same situation.”

The gun safety locks are free to the public, and both men said people can take as many as needed.

LPD’s office is located on the second floor of the City Building, 601 E. Broadway. Their hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Reach Kim Dunlap at kim.dunlap@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150.

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