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Gun locks aimed at safety in Franklin County

June 02, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday received 900 gun locks through Project ChildSafe that it will be giving away to the public.

Sheriff Robert Wollyung said this is the second year his department has been provided with the cable locks, which will fit revolvers and semiautomatic handguns, rifles and shotguns. Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and supported by a U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Last year, Project ChildSafe offered his department 900 of the locks, but Wollyung accepted only 500, believing he would not be able to give them all away.

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"They were gone in a matter of weeks," Wollyung said.

This time, Wollyung said he took all 900 and sent about 100 of them to Franklin County Prison for personnel whose requests could not be filled last year. He gave out a few more yesterday to people picking up handgun permits.

Each lock includes instructions for the device and two keys.

Using a Glock semiautomatic pistol with the slide locked back and the magazine removed, Wollyung demonstrated how the cable lock can be used to render the unloaded weapon inoperable by slipping one end of the cable through the open breech and down the magazine well and securing it to the lock at the other end.

For revolvers, the cable can be threaded through the barrel on models on which the cylinders open or through chambers on the cylinder. The instructions also detail how the locks can be used on other types of firearms.

The cable has a plastic coating to prevent it from damaging the barrels and mechanisms of the firearms, Wollyung said.

Wollyung said residents may pick up gun locks at his office in the Franklin County Courthouse or check with their local police departments to see if those departments are taking part in the Project ChildSafe program.

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