DNR will be Giving Away Free Gunlocks

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An estimated 40,000 cable-style gunlocks, along with information about gun safety, will be given away free by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation officers, thanks to a federal grant by a firearms industry group.

"We are pleased to be a part of Project Child Safe," said DNR Chief Conservation Officer Mike Hamm. "We strongly believe that educating gun owners about safe firearms practices in combination with using gun locking devices will help prevent accidental injuries and deaths. These locks can be used on most types of firearms, including handguns, rifles and shotguns. I urge hunters and gun owners to take advantage of this opportunity to receive free gun locks and use them to secure their firearms."

More than 30 million Americans enjoy using firearms for hunting and sport shooting. Of that 30 million Americans, most own more than one firearm. When these firearms are not being used, they must be safely and securely stored. The firearm owner has to take the responsibility to know how to safely handle and secure all of their firearms.

Project Child Safe is a nationwide program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, to continue giving away, free of charge, gunlocks. Each gunlock is separately keyed.

The gunlocks are available at any DNR enforcement office or from your local conservation officer.