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Cumberland deputies hand out gun locks

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.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — 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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