Salt Lake police are giving away free gun locks

(Photo courtesy Salt Lake City Police Department) Salt Lake police have hundreds of gun cable locks that are free for the asking.

The Salt Lake City Police Department wants to help gun owners be safe — and they’ve got the free cable locks to prove it.

The department has hundreds of the safety devices, which prevent a gun from being fired by blocking the barrel and the use of ammunition. They’re available at both the Public Safety Building at 475 S. 300 East and the Pioneer Precinct at 1040 W. 700 South during regular business hours. All you have to do is go in and ask for one.

The SLCPD encourages gun owners to use gun locks to “eliminate or minimize the risk of unintentional death, injury, or damage caused by improper handling of firearms,” according to a news release. And guns that have a cable lock attached are less likely to be stolen.

Salt Lake police offered four tips for how to safely store guns:

• Use keyed locks, combination locks, lock boxes and firearm safes.

• Keep the keys out of reach of children and where others cannot find them.

• Store ammunition in a separate, securely locked container.

• Use a firearm safety device like a trigger lock or a cable lock.