ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Many police departments give out gun locks for free at their precincts, but this weekend a community group worked to make them more accessible.
On Saturday, ‘Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice’ gave out free gun locks during two events. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they were at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Community Fair and from 12 to 4 p.m. they were at the South Grand Fall Fest.
At both events, tables were set up with gun locks and disabled guns. Members of the organization also talked to people about safe gun storage and trying to prevent unintentional shootings.
Organizers told News 4 there has been a bigger demand for events like this because of all the children who have lost their lives to gun violence this year. They also said research shows the number of child suicides and firearm deaths could be reduced by one-third if safe gun storage is used.
"It' simple and very efficient, it works on any type of gun," said volunteer Mary Schuman, who handed out gun locks.
A woman who survived a shooting told News 4 she is proud to support such events.
"The reminder is great only because we survived," said Brittany Davis.
Davis she was shot four years ago as she was walking to her car with her kids.
Gun locks can sell for anywhere between $10 and $50 at the store.