The Durham County Gun Safety Team will be giving away free gunlocks during a gun safety event on Monday in the courtyard of the Durham County Human Services Building on East Main Street.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is part of the Asking Saves Kids Campaign. The campaign aims to teach responsible gun ownership, increase conservations about gun safety, solicit pledges from kids to not mishandle guns, and provide gun safety locks to individuals that cannot afford them.
The team is coordinated by the Durham County Department of Public Health and includes gun owners, community organizations, law enforcement officials, medical professionals and religious organizations working together to protect children from firearm injury.
In 2011, 13 people in North Carolina were killed as a result of a gun firing unintentionally, according to the N.C. Violent Death Reporting System. These deaths were caused by people playing with the gun, believing it was unloaded, mistaking it for a toy or cleaning it.