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Free gun locks available at North Hudson Police Department

North Hudson Police Chief Mark Richert and department administrative assistant Becky O’Keefe want the public to take advantage of the free gun locks available at the department. The NHPD is located at 400 Seventh St. N. in the Village Hall. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Meg Heaton)

Free gunlocks are available to the public at the North Hudson Police Department, 400 Seventh St. N. and using one just may prevent an injury or save a life.

The locks were provided to the department by Project ChildSafe to be distributed to gun owners free of charge who wish to keep their families safe from unintentional shooting accidents.

Recently with suicide by veterans on the rise, the Veterans Administration has partnered with Project ChildSafe to offer gun locks to veterans for free. The thinking is that if they lock their guns up they might not reach for them in the spur of the moment. The same thinking applies to guns in the home. The most common method of suicide in the United States is by firearms.

At last summer’s suicide prevention forum in Hudson, members of the St. Croix County Suicide Preventions Task Force also distributed free gun locks. A speaker noted that sometimes even the 30 seconds it takes to remove a gun lock may be enough time for a person to reconsider going through with suicide.

For more information about Project ChildSafe, go to Contact the North Hudson Police Department at (715) 386-8433.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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