Law enforcement recommends gun locks when storing firearms at home

Posted at 4:12 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 18:34:12-05

BOZEMAN – Accidental deaths caused by guns happen across the country — and here in the Treasure State — every year.

Ensuring your firearm is secure has the potential to save a life.

“This isn’t about infringing on anybody’s right to possess firearms or bear arms,” said Bozeman Police Chief Steve Crawford. “It is about being a responsible firearm owner and a responsible user of firearms and making sure we’re not leaving them unsecured in an area where a person can access them that shouldn’t.”

According to a recent analysis by the Violence Policy Center, Montana has a household gun ownership rate of 67.5 percent. The analysis also showed Montana ranked second-highest in total gun deaths in 2017.

Chief Crawford said one way to make a big impact where gun safety is concerned is the use of gun locks.

“An unsecured firearm in a home is a risk, and here’s something that can be done, just like clicking your seatbelt going down a highway, that we can make,” he said.

Free gun locks are available at the Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman police and fire departments.

Reporting by Emma Hamilton for MTN News