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Lexington police give away gun locks

The Lexington police and the Fayette County sheriff's departments began giving away free gun locks Monday.

The cable-style gun locks prevent guns from firing or being loaded. The locks are easy and quick to put on, Lexington officer Bige Towery said.

"You're looking at probably less than a minute of your life to make sure that this gun is safe," he said.

Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the department has about 300 locks to give away, and it might receive more to distribute. The giveaway is offered under a partnership with ChildSafe, a nationwide program that promotes safe gun storage and handling.

People who own more than one gun can take multiple locks, Towery said.

The locks, which work on all types of guns, are operated by key. "It's a whole lot easier to hide the keys ... than it is to hide the gun itself," Towery said.

The locks will be given away from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the police department, 150 East Main Street, until they are gone.