Area Police Departments, Hospitals Offer Free Gun Locks Thursday

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Thousands of free gun locks are available Thursday all around the St. Louis area. A total of eight local police departments and seven area hospitals are taking part in the gun safety effort.

The giveaway is part of Project Childsafe. That`s a national gun safety effort sponsored by the firearms industry through the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has been going on since 2003. During that time some 35 million guns safety kits have been given out nationwide.

Around 5,200 free gun locks were available. Authorities will give out the free gun locks and make sure you know how to use them properly.

Some revealing numbers show why this event is so important. A study from the C.D.C. found more than two million children live in homes with loaded and unlocked guns. And authorities tell us more than 500 children die every year from accidental gunshots.

You can find a full list of area hospitals and police departments involved here.

Giveaway Locations:

  • Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • Grand Ave. and Park Ave. (Cardinal Glennon and SLU), Saint Louis 63104
  • Forest Park Way and Euclid (Children's) Saint Louis 63110
  • Natural Bridge and Kingshighway, Saint Louis 63115
  • Jefferson County Sheriff Department
    • Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices:
    •     400 First Street, Hillsboro, MO. 63050
    •     34 Dillon Plaza Shopping Center, High Ridge, MO. 63049
    •     Windsor High School Campus Hwy 61/67 and Windsor Harbor Rd., Imperial, MO. 63052
    •     Jefferson College Campus, Hillsboro, MO. 63050
  • Saint Charles County Sheriff's Department
    •     Bass Pro Shop, Bass Pro Drive, St Charles, MO 63301
  •  O'Fallon, Missouri Police Department
    •     Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Drive, O'Fallon Missouri, 63368
    •     Extreme Gun Care, 975 West Terra, O'Fallon Missouri, 63366
  • Saint Louis County Police Department/Clayton Police Department
    •     Shop ‘N Save – 196 Mayfair Plaza, 63033
    •     City of Jennings Headquarters, 5445 Jennings Station Road, 63136
  • Alton Police Department
    •     Washington Ave. and Brown St.
    •     Statehouse Circle (College Ave., Central Ave. and 20th St.)
  • Collinsville, Illinois Police Department
  •     Police Headquarters, 200 west Clay Street, Collinsville Illinois, 62234

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