Following the tragic shooting of several children over the past week – with last night’s shooting being investigated as an accidental shooting – St. Louis city leaders are urging residents to use the program City’s free “Lock It for Love” gun lock to help keep kids safe. Padlocks can be picked up free of charge at participating fire houses, library branches, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department stations. Gun owners are encouraged to store their guns in places inaccessible to children or other people in the home. The firearm must be locked and unloaded with ammunition stored away from said firearm.
“As a mom, I know how important it is that we take every possible step to keep our babies safe,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “These recent shootings have devastated our entire city and we must take immediate action to protect our children. If you have a gun in the house, be a responsible gun owner. store firearms locked and unloaded and get a free padlock to help keep you and your loved ones safe. My administration is exploring ways to continue connecting parents to these essential resources. »
The St. Louis Fire Department is distributing free gun locks at 30 fire houses across the city. Fire stations are open 24 hours a day. For questions, call 314-533-3406. Locks are also offered at specific branches of the St. Louis Public Library: Baden, Julia Davis, Divoll, and Cabanne. The SLMPD has 4,500 padlocks to distribute through response officers and community meetings, and padlocks can be picked up at stations in the area. The department also helped create a video tutorial on using a gun lock on a gun..
“Gun locks save lives, and the St. Louis Fire Department is always ready to connect St. Louisians with tools like these to keep families safe,” said the chief of the St. Louis Fire Department, Dennis Jenkerson. “Visit a fire station and collect your gun lock; we are more than willing to help you.
The Lock It For Love Program is organized in partnership with Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice. The group focuses on violence prevention, health care and other issues through education and advocacy and has distributed 8,000 gun locks to date through the program.