MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee leaders are urging residents to use gun locks to keep their family members from using weapons for violence.
Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson, Police Chief Jeffery Norman, Fire Chief Aaron Lipski, Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention and United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) held a press conference to convince residents to take advantage of the free locks the city is giving away.
Leaders argued the locks are especially useful in preventing children from getting at guns, which might lead to an accident. They it also make a gun less likely to be stolen if it's locked.
But leaders say this can also slow down a person who gets angry and reaches for a gun.
It's one extra step to get them to take a breath.
You can get these locks at the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center, other community organizations, police departments and fire departments.
Locations for gun locks:
United Neighborhood Center of Milwaukee — 1609 W. North Ave.
Wednesdays 9 a.mm. to 1 p.m. or as needed
City on a Hill — 2224 W. Kilbourn (on Saturday, May 14)
Milwaukee Christian Center — 807 S. 14th Street
At their food pantry, Monday-Thursday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee —2819 W. Richardson Place,
At their food pantry on Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., also at daily pickup at 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Neu-Life Community Development — 2014 W. North Ave.
Silver Spring Neighborhood Center — 5460 N. 64th Street