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Madison PD Giving Away Free Gun Locks To Town Residents

Gun locks will be available from the Records Department during normal business hours or from Dispatch after hours and on weekends. Residents are encouraged to stop by the Madison Police Department at 9 Campus Drive at any time.

Gun locks are now being provided free of charge to any Madison resident. Patch file photo.
Gun locks are now being provided free of charge to any Madison resident. Patch file photo.
From the Madison Police Department: 

The Madison Police Department is Offering Free Gun Locks to Town Residents

In the interest of safety, the Madison Police Department is providing free gun locks to Madison residents who own firearms which are not already safety secured. Even if guns are locked in a gun safe, a gun lock is extra assurance that no tragedy occurs.

Gun locks will be available from the Records Department during normal business hours or from Dispatch after hours and on weekends.  Residents are encouraged to stop by the Madison Police Department at 9 Campus Drive at any time.

For further information contact Officer Joe Race, (203) 245-2721 at the Madison Police Department.

JC January 22, 2014 at 09:12 PM
Madison tax payers should be uncomfortable that their money is being used to subsidize incompetent firearms owners. Securing firearms should be a law that is confirmed regularly by the state during license renewals (serial number of lock confirmed, inspection to confirm function, etc.) not a free lock paid for by the majority of non firearm owners.
Gus R. Horvath January 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM
JC. How much did they cost? And what line item in the Police Department budget?
Matt January 23, 2014 at 02:49 PM
JC, A few things. First there is no law regarding securing all guns. There is no law requiring locks. Locks do not have registered serial numbers. You do not need a license to own a gun, only to carry it concealed off your own property, and there is no renewal. There is no inspection program. So obviously you have no clue what you're talking about. Secondly, these locks are inexpensive cable locks and have been available for free from the police for probably decades. There has been a pile of them at the walk-up window for anyone that wants them. I don't think many people make use of it so the program has probably cost effectively nothing. This may be a new announcement but there is nothing new about it.
JC January 23, 2014 at 02:50 PM
Gus: All EXCELLENT questions.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 23, 2014 at 05:20 PM
There is no cost to the taxpayer. The gun locks were provided to the PD free of charge.
JC January 23, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Pem: By whom?
Matt January 27, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Probably the National Shooting Sports foundation. They give them away to police departments, etc to give out to people who want them.

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