Birmingham Police hold Saturday gun lock giveaway to protect youth


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Protecting the youth from accidental shootings is top priority for officers of the Birmingham Police Department south precinct. 

Officers will be passing out gun locks on Saturday in Tom Brown Housing Community for that purpose.

“Throw it through the ejection point of the weapon, it will come on the bottom where the magazine well goes and then its just a matter of snapping it shut,” said Lt. David Rockett.

Gun locks make it practically impossible for weapons to be fired accidentally.

“It’s incapable of being fired, cant be loaded, and can’t be fired,” Rockett said. “So if a child comes across this weapon can’t load it shoot it or or anyone else.”

There has been quite a bit of tragedy in Birmingham involving children getting a hold of guns. A 16-year-old was killed last August in Tom Brown Village after investigators said a family member was playing with a gun, fired it off shooting a 16 year old. He later died at the hospital. 

In another case, a 7-year-old girl was accidentally shot by one of her siblings. She was shot in the shoulder and did survive.

Resident Carlton Green is glad officers are trying to make a difference.

“Great idea to help the kids from not getting guns because there are so many guns out here,” said Green.

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