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Wake Sheriff's Office Hands Out Free Gun Locks

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — The Wake County Sheriff's Office has a new program to protect your family from gun violence.

Most gun owners posses a firearm for protection, but if it is not stored properly, the gun itself can become the most dangerous threat.

"You can never have a lackadaisical attitude when it comes to storing your weapon," investigator A.W. Bumgardner said. "Throwing it up in the closet isn't going to get it."

The Wake County Sheriff's Office has started handing out free gun locks. When people pick up their gun permits, the locks comes with them.

"Since we are the agency that issues the permits for weapons and to carry weapons concealed, it would seem a good marriage to promote gun safety by giving away these gun locks," Bumgardner said.

The Sheriff's Office is not the only place giving free locks. At Davi's Firearms in Raleigh, gun safety has always been on target.

"We've been giving trigger locks for free on gun purchases for six years now because we believe in gun safety in the home," said Greg Allen, of Davi's Firearms.

Between 1995 and 2000, officials say there were 65 accidental gun deaths among children in North Carolina.