Lowery Brown partners with Police Dept. to give out free gun locks

Gun locks help reduce deadly accidents and increase safety for children

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 12 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, in partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department, is hosting a FREE gun lock giveaway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

The locks will be distributed at four different locations:

  • 19th Police District: Shoprite Super Market, 1575 N. 52nd St.

  • 18th District: 5510 Pine St. (District Headquarters)

  • 16th District: 3900 Lancaster Ave. (District Headquarters)

  • 12th District: 6448 Woodland Ave. (District Headquarters)

“A handgun in the home is more likely to be used to injure or kill a family member or acquaintance than an intruder,” Brown said. “What we want to do with this event is prevent access to firearms by children and criminals as a strategy to reduce the continuing toll of gun violence, injuries and deaths, especially for children and families.”

Brown said studies have demonstrated that a gun-lock giveaway, supported with written information and brief gun-safety counseling, results in significant improvements in safe gun storage behaviors, which save children’s lives. The statistics, she said, are sobering. According to the Center for American Progress:

  • From 2001 through 2010 there were 12,941 gun deaths in Pennsylvania -- the fourth-most gun deaths of all 50 states.

  • In 2010, Pennsylvania had the fifth-highest rate of gun homicides among children and teens 19 and younger in the country.

“Up to 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have firearms, 30 percent of which are stored unlocked and loaded. That’s why it is so important for gun owners who choose to keep a gun in the home to implement strategies to keep their families and acquaintances safe,” Brown said.

More information can be obtained by calling Brown’s constituent service office at (215) 879-6615.