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Chief of Police James O’Connor of Lyndhurst explains how to use a cable style lock on your pistol. O’Connor gives these locks away with every permit. Nicholas Katzban, Staff Writer, @NicholasKatzban

Cable style gun locks, like the one seen above, can help prevent young children from accessing firearms in the home.(Photo: Katzban, Nicholas, )

Story Highlights Eight children are “unintentionally killed or injured by a firearm every single day,” in the United States, according to the Brady Campaign.

Guns are a hot-button issue. Ban them; closely regulate them; keep your hands off them and the Second Amendment.

These are the arguments that surround guns. 

Some local police chiefs aren’t arguing, they say they just want to make guns safer, especially if they fall into the hands of children. Ideally, the chiefs said, they want to put an end to accidental shootings by giving away free gun locks.

Eight children are “unintentionally killed or injured by a firearm every single day,” in the United States, according to the Brady Campaign, which called accidental gun deaths in the home “the most underreported” issue in the gun debate.

Nationwide, nonfatal accidental gun injuries to victims 18 and under have remained steady at about 2,000 to 3,000 for the past 17 years, according to Ken Kolosh of the National Security Council.

Gun locks, or other safety storage devices will help cut down on accidental shootings, say law enforcement officials.

Lyndhurst Chief James O’Connor has been handing out free gun locks and said he’ll continue to do so.

“Anybody that comes in for a pistol permit or firearm ID card, we provide them with a free gun lock,” O’Connor said.

A number of local police departments, as part of a national program, handed out free gun

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