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ECSO offering residents free gun locks

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The Effingham County Sheriff's Office wants to help with efforts to keep residents and their guns safe and under control. 

They are handing out free firearm safety locks in order to keep the community safe and most importantly, to keep them away from children. 

Residents can pick up the free gun cable locks at the Effingham County Sheriff's Office at 130 W 1st St, with no questions asked. 

The firearm safety lock program is being launched by Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie following the latest school shootings in the U.S.

In addition to the free gun locks, Sheriff McDuffie offers the following safety tips: 

Gun Lock Safety Tips 

  • Keep cable and lock outside of trigger guard at all times. 
  • Always push cable into padlock until it locks securely. 
  • After removing key, tug on cable to ensure connection is secure. 
  • Store key to the gun lock and the firearm separately. 
  • Be sure to store key in a location inaccessible to unauthorized persons, particularly children. 
  • Do not work the firearm's action with the lock in place. This may damage the lock and/or the firearm. 
  • If the lock's plastic coating becomes damaged or separated from the steel cable or the lock face, replace the lock. 

General Firearm Safety Tips 

  • Keep all firearms locked in a safe place, away from children and other unauthorized persons. 
  • Store ammunition under lock and key, separately from firearms. 
  • Read and understand the owner's manual that came with your firearm. 
  • Follow safe gun handling practices: keep muzzle pointed in a safe direction; keep fingers off the trigger; and keep the firearm unloaded when not in use.

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