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Free gun locks available for Cook County Veterans and their families

Aug 15, 2023 09:51AM ● By Content Editor

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From the Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs - August 15, 2023

The Minnesota Department of Veteran Affairs (MDVA) is partnering with the VA Healthcare System to distribute free gun locks. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a locked gun can mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved for someone in crisis. Though Veterans are well-versed in firearm safety, all gun owners should understand that during emotional or stressful times, delaying access to a gun could mean the difference between life and death. Gun locks can prevent someone in crisis from tragically taking their own life.

In an effort to reduce these preventable tragedies, MDVA is offering free gun locks. To request a gun lock, please email [email protected] with your name and address. This information will not be shared; requests are confidential.

Locally, Veterans, members of their families, and the general public can contact VSO Karen Christianson @ the Cook County Courthouse (411 W 2nd St, Grand Marais) at 218-387-3639, or visit during office hours: M-Th 8 to 3:30 & Friday 8 to 1, to obtain a free gun lock.