UPDATE: Police Partners with Safe Communities to Offer Free Gun Locks

UPDATED Thursday, February 21, 2013 --- 5:10 p.m.

Press Release from Safe Communities:

Free Gun Locks Available to Area Residents

Recent tragedies including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have spurred a nationwide discussion on gun safety. Safety experts agree that an immediate step all gun owners can take to prevent gun violence is to secure their weapons.

Safe Communities announced today that it has made 3,000 gun locks available for distribution through participating law enforcement agencies thanks to a grant from Kenosha Public Health and the Charles E. Kubly Foundation.

A number of area departments not listed here offer free gun locks through Project ChildSafe, including City of Fitchburg and Village of Maple Bluff. Check with your community’s police department for more information.

Pick up locations:

Dane County Sheriff’s Office
Public Safety Building
115 W. Doty Street, Madison
284-6800, 8 AM – 4 PM M-F

Dane County Law Enforcement Training Center
5184 Hwy 19, Waunakee
849-2660

DeForest Police Department
305 East Holum Street
DeForest 846-6756
7:30 AM – 10:00 PM M-F

Madison Police Department
Visit cityofmadison.com/police for details

Middleton Police Department
7426 Hubbard Ave
Middleton 827-1000
24 hours

Stoughton Police Department
321 S. Fourth Street
Stoughton, 873-3374
24 hours

Sun Prairie Police Department
300 E. Main Street
Sun Prairie, 825-1198
8 AM – 4:30 PM M-F

Verona Police Department
111 Lincoln Street
Verona, 845-8613
8 AM – 10 PM M-F

UW Police Department
1429 Monroe Street, Madison
264-2677
24 hours

Wisconsin State Patrol
911 W. North Street

DeForest, 846-8500
8 AM – 4:30 PM M-F

Safe Communities
441-3060 (locks available for pick up by appointment)

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence “the presence of unlocked guns in the home increases the risk not only of accidental gun injuries but of intentional shootings as well. A recent study found that more than 75% of the guns used in youth suicide attempts and unintentional injuries were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend. At least two studies have found that the risk of suicide increases in homes where guns are kept loaded and/or unlocked”.

Safe Communities, a local public/private partnership that sustains joint action by area agencies, businesses, and neighborhoods to SAVE LIVES, prevent injuries and make our community safer. For more information go to SaferCommunity.net

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Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013 --- 12:34 p.m.

Press Release from the Madison Police Department:

Free Gun Locks

MPD Partners with Safe Communities

They can prevent children from using guns, and advocates believe they may also stop some suicide attempts.

Now gun owners can get free gun locks from the Madison Police Department. They will be available at all district stations, and at the MPD's Training Center from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The MPD is proud to partner with Safe Communities of Madison-Dane County in this effort.
Safe Communities spearheaded the program, which also involves other local law enforcement agencies. The Charles E. Kubly Foundation has provided funding for the initiative.

More information on suicide prevention can be found on the Prevent Suicide Wisconsin website: http://www.preventsuicidewi.org/

Informational Website Link:
http://www.safercommunity.net/, http://charlesekublyfoundation.org/


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