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.

Here are some 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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