Indianapolis, Indiana – In a recent announcement made by Indianapolis city officials, it was disclosed that an event for the distribution of hundreds of complimentary gun locks will take place at New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. The news was relayed through a press statement issued by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Mayor Joe Hogsett emphasized the significance of these locks, stating, “Gun locks are simple tools, but they can address a significant source of the gun deaths we have seen this year in our city. Our goal today is to make responsible gun ownership as easy and accessible as possible, because if you don’t take responsibility now, you may be responsible later.”
The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 2, between noon and 2 p.m., where residents of Marion County are invited to obtain a free gun lock at the New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, situated at 10125 east 30th Street in Indianapolis.
IMPD Chief Taylor underscored the importance of safely storing firearms, particularly to prevent access by young individuals. He remarked, “Far too often, we are seeing children and teens get their hands on firearms and the consequences are deadly. I ask all gun owners to safely store their guns and keep them out of the hands of children. Their lives are at stake.”
The gun locks, numbering nearly 600, were donated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, with additional locks supplied by Project ChildSafe. Designed to fit a range of firearms and gun cases, the locks also come with safety instructions. A “no questions asked” policy will be implemented during the distribution.
Kerry Forestal, Marion County Sheriff, expressed the department’s continued commitment to providing free gun locks to the community, particularly in light of the increasing need. Additionally, gun locks will be accessible at Indianapolis Public Libraries during standard operating hours.
Pastor Darrell Brooks from New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church spoke on the shared responsibility within the faith community, law enforcement, community partners, and residents to prevent needless gun-related accidents and deaths. Further supplies of gun locks are anticipated to be available for distribution at IMPD locations shortly.