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Cumberland deputies hand out gun locks

Posted February 4, 2010

— Cumberland County deputies will distribute gun locks Feb. 12, authorities said. The program was originally scheduled for this week, but was postponed by the chance for rainy weather.

The campaign is designed to promote gun safety by securing weapons in homes with young children. It comes one week after a 7-year-old boy allegedly took a loaded gun to school.

Authorities detained the boy, a student at Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary School in Fayetteville, on Jan. 26. The following day, his mother, Rachella Shanee Saunders, 27, of 722 Alexwood Drive in Hope Mills, was charged with storing a firearm in a manner accessible to a minor.

Owners of firearms can get a lock Feb. 12 between 8 and 10 a.m. from a mobile command unit outside the Sheriff's Office Substation at 1007 Honeycutt Road in Eureka Springs. That afternoon, the unit will be available at the East Regional Library on Clinton Road from 2 to 4 p.m.


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  • CSA.lifer. Feb 4, 2010

    What"... No Condems?.........:)

  • Huey Feb 4, 2010

    As with most bad behaviors, I think society gets what it puts up with. Any parent who allows their kid access to a gun should be made to suffer. Any kid who takes a gun to school should be made to suffer too. This "zero tolerance" policy is a joke where they treat a kid who draws a picture of a gun the same as one who brings a loaded pistol to school. We just don't really punish folks who break the laws. As for guns, I fully support our second amendment rights; but I say come down like a hammer on anyone who uses a gun in commission of a crime or who uses one to endanger others like in a school. Society gets what society tolerates. As for gun locks, I agree with the previous postings here.

  • BeenHereSince67 Feb 4, 2010

    Oh My!
    I certainly do hope that all the Home Intruders in the Fayett-Nam area will respect their Victims' good sense in locking up their guns "to be safe". Perhaps they'll all knock first and declare their nefarious intent, instead of just kicking in the door with no warning.

    ANYBODY who breaks into my house is going to get shot dead. "The Dread Pirate Roberts take no survivors!"

  • G-man Feb 4, 2010

    They do work pretty good for bicycle locks.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 4, 2010

    Do they really think the same irresponsible people who leave their guns within reach of small children will take the extra step to lock them up? The Deputies are doing a good deed however I fear it will not change much.

  • Nunya123 Feb 4, 2010

    Too bad they can't hand out common sense.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Feb 4, 2010

    This is one of those "darned if you do, darned if you don't" scenarios. With no gun lock, your children could be harmed. But with a gun lock, its useless if you need it for an intruder. No time to fiddle with unlocking the gun lock. Your dead before you start unlocking it.

  • Caveman93 Feb 4, 2010

    These deputies should be handing out guns not gun locks..geez.

  • G-man Feb 4, 2010

    What good is a locked gun?

  • makeitright Feb 4, 2010

    Geez Elementary School kids with loaded guns in school... Maybe they should start handing out vests to all the teachers and faculty. Getting crazy out there.