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Decatur police offers free gun locks, available 24/7

Gun owners can receive free gun locks from the Decatur Police Department.

DECATUR, Ala. — Alabama is one of the top 10 states in the country when it comes to gun ownership, coming in at number eight.

With so many gun owners here, gun safety should be a top priority. 

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Decatur police department is giving away free firearm locks. 

Almost 80 percent of accidental shootings happen in the home. It's important to make sure your guns are stored safely, to prevent any accidents with kids. 

More than 80% of guns used by youth in suicide attempts were kept in the home of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

About 30 percent of accidental gun deaths could be prevented with a simple childproof gun lock.

We spoke with Irene Cardenas-Martinez, Public Information Liaison with Decatur Police Department. She tells shows us what's included w, “These are our gun locks. They are pretty simple to use. They come with a lock, there’s a key. There are also instructions in there as well to kind of help you go about it, and some gun safety tips…”

Need a gun lock? No need to go to a store or wait for delivery. The Decatur Police Department has free gun locks available at their front desk, 24/7.

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