GARNER, NC (WNCN) — From the use of safes to gun locks, a local law enforcement agency is stressing the importance of keeping firearms safe. Garner Police Department Captain Chris Adams said giving children access to guns was preventable.
“We’ve seen too many cases of this, we’ve seen cases recently that we’re hearing about across the state, and it’s really heartbreaking and sad to see that something that can be prevented is still happening,” Adams said.
Earlier this week, the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office said Roanoke Rapids police arrested a woman and charged her with failing to keep a firearm to protect minors after the accidental death of a 4-year-old in May.
According to Everytown for Gun Safety, there have been at least six accidental shootings by children in North Carolina this year, and six people were injured in addition to the four-year-old who died.
The Garner Police Department always has free gun locks in the department that they can give to anyone who wants one.
“It’s imperative that parents really lock their firearms away, secure them so kids can’t get hold of them and fire them or take them to school, carry them in public,” Adams said. “It’s just vital.”
Under state law, anyone who lives with someone under the age of 18 and stores a firearm where the minor can access and fire it is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if the child takes the gun to school, uses it to commit a crime, or cause personal injury or death.
The Triangle Shooting Academy announced that it gives every customer who purchases a firearm a printed copy of the act to sign.
Adams said gun safes are probably the best option and cost more.
“We would encourage everyone to use something, not just rely on a kid not finding a gun because it happens too often,” Adams said.
Earlier this month, Durham County gave away 200 free gun locks outside the courthouse. The Wake County Sheriff’s Office said it gave away more than 100 gun locks at community events this year.
According to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the department has issued 16,326 handgun permits so far this year. According to the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the department issued 38,862 handgun permits in 2021 and 56,230 in 2020.
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