Oklahoma City officials alongside advocates from Project ChildSafe Communities launched a federally-funded campaign to get gun locks into the hands of gun owners.
Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is a national firearm safety education program that has distributed more than 37 million firearm safety kits that include a gun lock and safety brochure through 15,000 law enforcement departments since 1999.
As part of federally-directed funds made available by the Obama administration, the locks will now be available to Oklahoma City law enforcement who will allocate the units as requested.
Officials believe that by locking up firearms, they expect the number of accidental shootings, suicides, and crimes of passion to drop significantly.
The locks themselves are designed with a cable that is easily threaded through the firearm’s action, making it impossible to load with ammunition.
“If you don’t have a smoke alarm in your home, call the fire department and they’ll bring you one,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. “If you’re a gun owner and you’d like one of these cable locks, give our police department a call; they’ll see that you get one.”