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  • LOPD giving away gun locks

  • In the wake of national discussions about gun control and a surge in gun sales, the Lake Ozark Police Department is giving away free gun locks to lake area residents.
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  • In the wake of national discussions about gun control and a surge in gun sales, the Lake Ozark Police Department is giving away free gun locks to lake area residents.
    These cable-style gun locks have been made available by the Lake Ozark Police Benevolent Association. The Benevolent Association partnered with Project ChildSafe — a federal program for gun safety — in obtaining the gun locks, which also come with directions for use and firearm safety tips.
    These gun locks will be available until the department runs out. Lake Ozark Police Chief Mark Maples said that he is "unsure if [the department] will be able to get more because the ChildSafe gunlock program may not have the continued federal funding it once had."
    For this reason he has written a letter to the U.S. Attorney General's office to ask them to continue funding the program, and he encourages others to do the same. However, the gun locks will be available for as long as the department has them, he assures.
    Maples believed it to be a good time to make the gun locks available.
    "Gun sales have been off the charts," he said.
    He stressed the importance of gun safety, recalling the death of a child due to a loaded, unlocked gun a few years ago.
    "It was one of those events that you can never forget, it was tragic," he said. "It could have been prevented if that firearm had been secured with a gunlock."
    As a law enforcement officer firearms instructor for 15 years and supporter of safe gun ownership, he also said he would assist any firearm owners in the community who need instructions on safe use and/or storage of firearms.
    To acquire one of these gun locks, stop by the Lake Ozark Police Department located at 3162 Bagnell Dam Boulevard anytime during their business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and request one.
    Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program dedicated to encouraging responsible gun safety and storage. For more information about the program visit www.projectchildsafe.org. For more information on gun locks, visit the Lake Ozark Police department website at lakeozarkpolice.com.

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