Lewisville Police Department is offering free gun locks during June to encourage safe and secure firearm storage.
In recognition of National Safety Month, which is promoted each June by the National Safety Council to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths, Lewisville Police Department reminds residents about the importance of proper gun usage and storage. It is important to remember that these rules are not just for National Safety Month, they apply year-round.
Regarding proper usage, the National Rifle Association teaches three fundamental rules for gun owners — always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, always keep your finger off the trigger and always keep your gun unloaded until ready to use.
Another important aspect of gun safety is the proper storage of firearms. Guns placed in drawers, closets, desks, cabinets or other unlocked, accessible places are not secure. For proper storage, always use a personal safe or single gun lock box with a trigger lock placed on the unloaded firearm for an added layer of protection. Proper storage can help prevent a child or unauthorized person from accessing a loaded firearm.
In Texas, “making a firearm accessible to a child” is a criminal offense. A person commits this offense if a child gains access to a readily dischargeable firearm and the person, with criminal negligence, failed to secure the firearm or left the firearm in a place to which the person knew or should have known the child would gain access. An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor, or a Class A misdemeanor if the child discharges the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury to himself or another person.
To schedule a time to pick up a gun lock, contact Capt. Kendall Lynn at 972-219-5134 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.