Kennett police give away gun locks, offer safety tips

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) – The Kennett Police Department handed out free gun locks and provided information regarding firearm safety Saturday afternoon.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. an officer was available to answer questions and give away gun locks at the Walmart in Kennett.

Kennett police say investing a few moments of time now to ensure guns are safely secured can prevent the needless loss of life and the possibility of criminal penalties.

Tips from the Kennett Police Department:

  • Share information. Teach your children about the dangers of guns. They are not toys; they can kill or injure. What they see on TV and in the movies is different than real life.
  • Hiding your gun is a good idea, but not good enough. A child's curiosity and desire to explore are strong. Secure an unloaded gun in a childproof container, such as a safe or locked box. Place the container in a high, unreachable location.
  • Store ammunition separately in a safety storage device.
  • Trigger locks and locking cables are two examples of additional security devices. Partial disassembly is also an option.

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