Salt Lake County Library giving out free gun locks in an effort to prevent suicides

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SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC4 News)- In an effort to combat the high rate of suicides in our state, and with the help of the Utah Department of Public Safety, the Salt Lake County library is handing out free gun locks, no questions asked

Utah currently ranks fifth in the nation for suicide deaths.

“The most common method of suicide in the United States is firearms,” Librarian and Herriman branch manager Leslie Schow said. “As part of Salt Lake County Library’s commitment to suicide prevention, we are offering gun locks to anyone who asks.”

The gun locks have been donated to the County Library by the Utah Department of Public Safety and will work with nearly all handguns as well as magazine-fed and bolt-action rifles and shotguns.

The free gun lock program will run until all locks have been distributed.

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The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

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