The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office is offering the locks after a tragic accident in early March in which a three-year-old boy in Navarro County was shot and killed by his eight-year-old cousin with a 20-gauge shotgun.
“Nothing can affect a family more than the loss of a child. To know that it’s because of the reckless storage of a firearm is even more devastating,” Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said.
The locks can be obtained at any local police of sheriff’s department.
According to WacoTrib.com, the program was developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
“I don’t know how long this program will continue, but as long as it does, we’re going to keep handing them out to citizens,” Coryell County Sheriff Johnny Burks said.