FLINT (WJRT) (10/19/2017) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Flint Police Department are passing out 300 gun locks to keep children safe.
The agencies say more than 7,000 children are killed every year from unsecured guns in the United States.
To avoid adding to that statistic in Flint, free gun locks are available at the Flint Police Department headquarters at 201 E. 5th St. or any of the department's substations during normal business hours.
Police are asking gun owners not to bring their firearms with them to a police station. More gun locks may be made available if demand is high.
Authorities wanted to remind gun owners that the locks only work if they are used.
"Too many of our kids are dying, our sons and daughters, and a lot of times its because our children are getting their hand on unsecured guns," said ATF Special Agent Al Jakubowski. "Many of these specific incidents are preventable."