Tennessee Encourages Safe Firearm Storage with Free Gun Locks

Tennessee offers free cable gun locks to promote firearm safety and prevent accidents.

The Department of Safety and Homeland Security in Tennessee has introduced an initiative aimed at promoting the safe storage of firearms. As part of this effort, the department is offering free 15-inch cable locks designed to secure a variety of firearms, including shotguns, rifles, pistols, and revolvers. These cable locks work by running through the barrel or action of the firearm, thereby preventing it from being fired. The cable is coated in rubber to protect the firearm and features a secure keyed deadbolt locking mechanism with a 4-pin cylinder. To date, 69,500 gun locks have been distributed.

For enhanced security, gun owners are advised to use the free cable gun lock in conjunction with other safe storage measures. Once a firearm is secured with a cable lock, it should be stored in a locked gun case, firearm safe, or lock box. Ammunition should be kept in a separate locked container, and keys to the cable lock should be stored in a hard-to-access secure location apart from the firearm.

“Safe firearm storage saves lives, and as a gun owner, the safe storage of your firearm is your responsibility,” stated Jeff Long, Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. “Safe storage can prevent accidental shootings, suicide, and theft. I encourage all Tennessee gun owners to use our free gun lock to store their firearm safely.”

The department has also released a new video to emphasize the importance of firearm safety. The video narrates a scenario where a father teaches his son to shoot safely, while his younger daughter curiously searches her parents’ room and finds a gun. The father enters just as she points the gun at him. Fortunately, the firearm has a Safe Store Tennessee cable lock on it, preventing a potential tragedy. The video ends with the father explaining, “This is why Daddy locks his gun,” followed by a message promoting SafeStoreTN.com, a resource that lists locations in all 95 counties where Tennesseans can obtain a free cable lock.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is to serve, secure, and protect the people of Tennessee.

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