Marion County sheriff and Indianapolis libraries team up to give away gun locks

INDIANAPOLIS - A Marion-County partnership is trying to curb accidental gun injuries and deaths by making it harder for Hoosiers to misuse a firearm.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it's teaming up with the Indianapolis Public Library to give away gun locks.

Free gun locks will be available at six Indianapolis libraries:

• Central Library: 40 E. St. Clair St.
• Southport Branch: 2630 E. Stop 11 Road
• Glendale Branch: 6101 N. Keystone Avenue
• Brightwood Branch: 2435 N. Sherman Dr.
• Irvington Branch: 5625 E. Washington St.
• West-Indianapolis Branch: 1216 S. Kappes St.

Free gun locks will also be available here:

• Beech Grove Firearms: 3020 S. Emerson Avenue, Beech Grove, Ind.
• Riley Children’s Hospital Safety Store: 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Indianapolis

“The Indianapolis Public Library is a natural partner for distribution of these free gun locks, not only because they provide access to these gun locks evenly throughout the community, but also because they are a place of learning and education. Picking up one of these free gun locks is a great reason to take advantage of many of the services that the Library has to offer,” said Sheriff John Layton, “It is our duty, however, to do everything that we can to cut down on unintentional gun injury and harm, and this is one more step towards gun education and safety.”

The Marion County Sheriff's Office Gun Lock Giveaway program has provided more than 5,000 free gun locks throughout the community since 2011.

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