Free gun locks will be available this Friday for Flint residents at City of Flint Service Center

FLINT, Michigan — To address the escalating gun violence, the City of Flint has initiated a program to provide complimentary gun locks to its residents. This initiative aims to promote safer firearm storage practices and reduce the risk of accidents or tragedies related to gun misuse. The distribution event will take place on Friday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the City of Flint Service Center located at 4805 Clio Rd.

Supporting this endeavor, the Genesee County Health Department has donated 150 gun locks. These locks serve as essential tools for parents and guardians to comply with recent secure storage laws and safeguard their households against potential firearm incidents.

Under the newly enacted secure storage law, Public Act 17 of 2023, individuals are mandated to store unattended firearms unloaded and secured with a locking device, or within a locked container, especially in premises where minors are likely to be present. Failure to adhere to these regulations can lead to legal consequences outlined in Public Act 16 of 2023.

Mayor Sheldon Neeley of Flint emphasizes the importance of responsible firearm storage, especially for households with minors. He urges residents to take proactive measures to prevent tragedies associated with firearm misuse.

In a related effort to combat drive-by shootings, Mayor Neeley has advocated for the Messiah's Law bill package before the Michigan State House of Representatives. Named in memory of a 3-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting in Flint, this legislative package, sponsored by State Representatives Cynthia Neeley and Amos O'Neal, seeks to impose stricter penalties for intentional firearm discharges from vehicles or towards occupied structures.


What: The Flint Police Department and Office of Public Health will be distributing free gun locks to Flint residents. These locks are essential tools in promoting safer firearm storage practices and reducing the risk of gun-related incidents.

Who: The event will feature Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley, Flint Police Chief Terence Green, Detective Sergeant Tyrone Booth, and representatives from the Genesee County Health Department.

When: Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: City of Flint Service Center in front of the Hallwood Plaza (4805 Clio Rd).

If Flint residents are not able to make the event, the nonprofit organization Well of Hope is also offering free gun locks as a part of Gun Violence Awareness Month. To request a lock, call 810-789-3407 or send an email to: [email protected]
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