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  • County Health Department offering free gun locks

    Jul 18, 2022 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Health Department is providing free gun locks at its clinics and other sites across the county. The public is welcome to pick up a gun lock at the following locations while supplies last:

    Theresa Lee Clinic, 1493 W. Commerce Ct.

    East Clinic, 6920 E. Broadway Blvd.

    North Clinic, 3550 N. 1st Ave.

    All 27 Pima County Public Libraries

    Several pediatrician offices have asked to participate as well. Parents or guardians may see a bin of free gun locks at their child’s next check-up.

    The Health Department is undertaking this giveaway in response to the increased number of gun fatalities among youth over the last few years.

    “We’ve seen a tragic increase in the number of young people dying due to firearms,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, Health Department director. “These incidents are sometimes intentional self-harm and sometimes when a firearm accidentally discharges. These incidents are preventable and gun locks are one step to preventing them.”

    Each gun lock comes with additional safety tips, including keeping the firearm locked in a safe with ammunition stored separately, as well as information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

    “Research shows that by securely storing firearms, the risk of suicide or other harm is lower,” added Cullen. "Locks such as these can provide critical life-saving moments between impulse and action when someone is in crisis.”

    If you or someone you know need crisis intervention to prevent suicide, call 9-8-8 or visit 988lifeline.org