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Broomfield Police now offering free gun locks

The Broomfield Police Department is now offering residents firearm trigger locks to encourage compliance with recent state gun safety laws.
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Broomfield Police Department and Combined Courts, October 2021.

The Broomfield Police Department is now offering residents firearm trigger locks to encourage compliance with recent state gun safety laws.

Department spokesperson Rachel Haslett said the public outreach is in response to Colorado’s Promoting Child Safety Through Responsible Firearm Storage Act that became effective on July 1, 2021.

“It requires firearms to be responsibly and securely stored when not in use to prevent access by unauthorized users,” she said.

Colorado House Bill 21-1106 also includes comparable mandates for gun sales. 

“Licensed gun dealers need to provide … at the time of sale or transfer a locking device capable of securing that fire arm,” she said.

Police officials have launched the gun lock giveaway and safety campaign in conjunction with Broomfield Public Health. 

“It’s also about mental health awareness and suicide prevention, not just accidental shootings or … injuries,” Haslett said. “We don’t want people that may be dealing with a mental health crisis to have access to a firearm.”

To obtain a free gun lock stop by the Broomfield Police Department at 7 Descombes Drive,Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We do have a cache of firearm locks,” she said.

More details are available by emailing bpd@broomfield.org.

“While it may seem like common sense, sometimes in the rush of life the smaller things get overlooked, and that's how accidents happen,” Haslett said.