Philadelphia Sheriff's Office Conducts Holiday Gun Lock Giveaway

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Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office Conducts Holiday Gunlock Giveaway

Deputies distribute safety locks to prevent children from being wounded and/or killed in accidental shootings involving unsecured firearms

WHAT:   Citywide Holiday Gunlock Giveaways

WHO:   Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office Deputies

WHEN:   December 15th 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:            Broad & Chestnut Streets

52nd & Market Streets

22nd Street & Lehigh Avenue

Bridge & Pratt Streets

Broad Street & Olney Avenue

24th Street & Oregon Avenue


Sheriff’s deputies will fan out across the city to pass out gun safety locks to Philadelphia residents and gun safety pledge cards to children to make them aware of the danger of firearms in general, and specifically unsecured firearms.   The gunlocks are free. 

Guns kill nearly 1300 American children every year.  In West Philadelphia, a three-year old girl shot herself in November after finding a loaded, unlocked gun belonging to her father.  It was the third accidental shooting involving children in the previous three months, including a three year old boy who accidently shot his uncle after finding a gun in the family car in Center City, and an 11 year old boy shot himself in the face in South Philadelphia.  

A 2014 report from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute cites the US General Accounting Office estimate that 31% of accidental firearms deaths could be prevented if gun owners used two devices:  a gunlock and a loading indicator.

“We know that some of these tragic events could have been prevented by making sure these firearms are secured and stored safely,” said Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams. “If you have a gun, you need a lock”.

The facts are: 

  •      1 in 3 homes with kids have guns
  •      In 2014, 2,549 children died by gunshot; 13.6 million were injured
  •      For children, 89% of unintentional shooting deaths occur in the home--most from playing with loaded guns in their parents absence
  •      1 in 3 handguns is kept loaded and unlocked and most kids know where their parents keep guns
  •      More than 75% of 1st and 2nd graders know where parents keep their guns and 36% admit they have handled the firearms. 
  •      80% of guns used in youth suicide attempts were kept in the homes of parents, relatives or friends. 

(Statistics from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Center for Injury Research and Prevention.  For full report, go to )

The Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with City Council President Darrell Clarke, have been giving away free gunlocks throughout 2016 and 2017.  No questions asked.  No ID required.  Philadelphia residents can pick up free gunlocks at the Sheriff’s Office any weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 S. Broad Street on the 5th floor.

For more information call 215-686-3572 or visit