TN residents can request free cable gun locks

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland security (TDOSHS) is offering free cable gun locks to all Tennesseans.

The TDOSHS said the cable gun locks are available on request at Driver Services Centers and Tennessee Highway Patrol district headquarters. This comes as part of TDOSHS’ new Safe Store Tennessee program.

The cable locks are 15 inches long and can secure most shotguns, rifles, pistols, and revolvers. The locks work by running through the barrel or action of the firearm, preventing it from being fired. The cables have rubber coatings to protect the firearms, while the locks are equipped with a secure keyed deadbolt locking mechanism with a four-pin cylinder, according to officials.

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For added security, the TDOSHS recommends gun owners use the free cable gun lock in combination with other safe storage measures. A gun with an engaged cable lock should be stored in a locked gun case, safe, or lock box.

Ammunition, meanwhile, should be stored in a separate locked container and keys to the cable lock should be stored separately from the gun in a secure location that is hard to access.

To learn more about the Safe Store Tennessee program, click here.

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