DATE: Thursday, April 6, 2017
TIME: 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Winchester Playground Recreation Center,
2332 N. 15th St., Philadelphia, PA 19132
Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, Philadelphia Media Network Publisher and CEO Terrance C.Z. Egger and city block captains from Town Watch Integrated Services will announce a new effort to promote Gun Lock usage in the city. The Sheriff’s Department and City Council are providing gun locks for free (while supplies last) to any Philadelphian who wants one. A gun lock is a vinyl-covered steel cable or cylinder-shaped trigger lock that threads through the chamber of a pistol, revolver, or rifle and prevents the gun from going off.
Last year, City Council enacted Clarke’s “Responsibility to Avoid Possession and Discharge of Firearms by Children Act,” that requires all firearms in homes with children under the age of 18 to be kept unloaded and stored in a locked container, with the ammunition in a separate locked container. The exception would be when the firearm or ammunition is in the "immediate control" of a person with a license to carry a gun.
Gun locks can be requested from your City Councilman or the Sheriff’s office by calling 215-686- 3572 or via the Sheriff’s Department website, www.phillysheriff.com.
Sheriff Williams says, “We transport more than 500 people per day back and forth between the courts and the prisons. And many are charged with crimes involving guns. Before anger gets to a point of reaching for a gun, if that gun is in a lock, it provides at least a few seconds an individual may change their mind about firing a weapon, and makes it almost impossible for it to be fired by a child. Got a gun—get a lock.”
Egger explains that Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com, will be donating advertising space to support this important effort. “Gun locks can save lives. Studies show that up to 73% of children under 10 who live in homes where firearms are stored know the location of those guns. Keeping guns locked can prevent tragic accidents. We are happy to partner with the Sheriff’s Department and City Council to get the word out about these free locks.”
“All gun violence is preventable,” said Council President Clarke. “We need to take ownership of the power we have – whether it’s the power of law enforcement, power of the legislature, power of the 801 Market Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19107 media, or power of being a good parent – and use it to promote a baseline of responsibility when it comes to gun ownership. That baseline is keeping guns out of the hands of children, period. In the last week alone, at least two parents from our region were sentenced to prison because they failed to properly secure a firearm and their child died as a result. This is tragic, outrageous, and 100 percent could have been prevented. No excuses: If you’ve got a gun, get a gun lock.”
For more information:
Amy Buckman, Mgr. PR & Special Events
office: 215-854- 5790/cell: 267-615- 3841