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Gun Cabinet Company Finds Pens Pick Locks

September 28, 2004

CHICAGO (AP) _ Days after reports that a widely used bicycle lock could be opened with a ball point pen, a suburban Chicago company acknowledged a pen could also be used to break into some of its gun cabinets.

Stack-On Products, of Wauconda, said it would replace tubular cylinder locks on the cabinets for free.

``A gentleman called customer service and said he could open (his gun cabinet), and it took us a day and a half, but our engineering staff said it could be done,″ said Susan Eckhoff, vice president of administration for Stack-On, which manufactures storage products such as tool chests, gun cabinets and gun safes.

She said she didn’t know how many gun cabinets had been sold through sporting goods retailers like Bass Pro Shops and Gander Mountain.

The problem with some of the locks came to light after an Iowa man, who had seen news reports how Kryptonite’s bicycle U-lock could be breached by a ball point pen, opened the lock on his gun cabinet with a pen, Eckhoff said.

``At first I thought it was bizarre, (but) we went out and bought Bic pens to investigate,″ she said.

While company officials could not open every tubular cylinder lock, ``there were one or two we could open,″ she said.

Only some of the cabinets are equipped with tubular locks, Eckhoff said. She said others have combination or electronic locks that cannot be opened with a pen.

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