The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office has a new goal this year: to get a gun lock into the hands of anyone who owns a gun.
The Daily NonPareil reports that Sheriff Jeff Danker has partnered up with “Project Childsafe” to make firearms as safe as possible, by handing out free universal gunlocks, while also handing out guides on gun safety measures. Danker thought of utilizing the program after he saw an increase in gun purchases and permit applications over the past few years. Danker had worked with this company in years past, but the funding ran low and the program had not been revived until this past week.
According to the Project ChildSafe website, it is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm safety kits. The agency has distributed over 36 million safety kits to gun owners since 2003, partnering with local law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories. The gun locks Pottawattamie County are giving out work well on various types of guns, including semiautomatics, shotguns, rifles, and revolvers.
The locks can be compared to a padlock, with a long cable that threads through parts of the gun to make it unusable when it is in storage. Danker stresses the need for gun owners with children to safely store their firearm, pointing out that kids could accidently shoot themselves or someone else.