Seattle Children’s, CHI Franciscan Health and the City of Federal Way are encouraging safe firearm storage by giving away free lockboxes and trigger locks.
The giveaway will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 1405 S. 348th St., Federal Way. Supplies are limited and it’s first come, first served. Must be 18 or over to receive a device. One item per person, two per household. More than 4,500 safe firearm storage devices have been given away during 14 such events since December 2014.
According to the Washington State Department of Health, nearly 40 percent of Washington households have a firearm present. Organizers report that storing firearms locked and unloaded, with ammunition locked separately, can greatly reduce the risk of injuries and deaths involving children and teens – and that one in six (35 percent) of homes with children living in them have guns stored loaded and unlocked.