Brooklyn Park PD wants people to lock up their guns, so it's giving away free locks

Locking up your firearms could save a life.

The Brooklyn Park Police Department wants to make sure people's firearms are locked up safely when not in use. So it's giving away free gun locks.

According to a Facebook post, Brooklyn Park residents can stop by the police department anytime to pick one up. It's only while supplies last, though.

Seriously, lock up your guns

Keeping firearms locked up and secured could save a life – especially if there are kids around.

So far this year, there have been 236 incidents of a child finding a gun and unintentionally shooting someone, Everytown for Gun Safety says. Most of those could have been easily prevented by safely locking up and storing firearms.

None of those happened in Minnesota. You can see a map of where all those incidents took place below:

Free safety kits from Project ChildSafe are also available at law enforcement centers across the state.

Storage tips

Project Child Safe recommends keeping guns unloaded and stored in a locked cabinet, safe or vault. Additionally, you can put a locking device on the gun and then store it in a locked safe.

The organization also recommends storing ammunition and firearms separately.

The National Rifle Association has more information about the different kinds of locks and cases that are out there.

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