Free Gun Locks Available Tuesday At Six Locations Across The Mid-South

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - Memphis ranked first in the nation in accidental shootings of children last year.  In the past two months alone, such shootings injured or killed a half dozen children.

 

It's all part of Project Childsafe, a program where free gun locks will be distributed for free at six different locations.  The mission is simple, to save lives in the community. 

 

"We just want you to be responsible with your gun because one moment of irresponsibility can cause the life of a loved one," said Pastor Ricky Floyd of The Pursuit of God Transformation Center. 

 

Pastor Floyd jumped at the opportunity for his Frayser church to be one of the locations to hand out the free locks.  

 

"We are fortunate to have 333 locks and we began to get some calls about the program already so we are anticipating a good flow tomorrow," Pastor Floyd explained. 

 

The Safe Tennessee Project, a gun safety organization, says out of the 20 incidents so far this year in the state, nine of those shootings happened in Memphis. 

 

Deandre Shannon, an 8-year-old boy, lost his life tragically back in August after accidentally shooting himself in a Southeast Memphis home.  He was one of three children accidentally shot in Memphis in just one weekend. 

 

"I really believe that we are going to be a part of saving some lives. This is preventive medicine and we are going to be able to look back and really be able to put a hand post on some lives that have been saved," Pastor Floyd said. 

 

Each family can receive up to two locks per household.  There are no requirements for this giveaway. You don't have to have an ID and there are no background checks happening at the six locations below:  

 

• Whitehaven Community Center: 4318 Graceland Dr., Memphis TN 38116

• Mt. Pisgah CME Church: 2490 Park Ave., Memphis, TN 38114 (OUT- No Longer Available)

• Glenview Community Center: 1141 S. Barksdale, Memphis, TN 38114

• Pursuit of God Transformation Center: 3171 Signal St., Memphis, TN 38127

• Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Westwood: 620 Parkrose Rd., Memphis, TN 38109

• Hickory Hill Community Center: 3910 Ridgway Rd., Memphis, TN 38115 (OUT- No Longer Available)

 

 

Please note: Attendees should NOT bring personal firearms to the event for lock installation


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