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Popular gun-lock program expanding to seniors in Bucks

November 23, 2018

Firearms secured with safety locks, which work on all types of guns, were displayed at a news conference, where Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub announced a county-wide campaign to make free gun locks available to residents.

By Staff

In 2016, a Bucks County toddler accidentally killed himself when he picked up his father’s loaded handgun and it discharged. In the months that followed, his father spoke to other parents about safety issues, as part of his sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Law enforcement officials started a gun lock distribution effort, which was named for 2-year-old Benjamin Smith.

And since April 2017, thousands of gun locks have been picked up at police stations, the sheriff’s office, and community events, as well as distributed by social workers and given to concealed-carry permit applicants. Ring-shaped devices that prompt gun owners to unload and secure their firearms at home, the locks can prevent children or others who shouldn’t have access to weapons from getting their hands on a gun.

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