Free gun locks are available in Schuyler
MONTOUR FALLS--The Schuyler County Chapter of the Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) in conjunction with the Office of Schuyler County Attorney Steven Getman, is giving away free cable-style gun locks to Schuyler County families.
The locks can be obtained from the county attorney's office by calling 607-535-8121 during normal business hours and scheduling a pickup time. One lock will be available per household and will be provided on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. Supplies are limited.
"We are pleased to have the Schuyler County Attorney's Office as a partner in this educational program," said Daniel Phillips, Schuyler County SCOPE Secretary. "The mission of SCOPE is to educate the public on the importance of our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, as well as to make every effort to educate anti-gun politicians. We can help accomplish this by promoting responsible voluntary gun safety measures for gun owners that do not conflict with the second amendment. Partnering with County Attorney Getman allows SCOPE to participate in a county-wide effort to promote firearms safety education and increase awareness of just one of Gov. Cuomo's many gun laws. We are 100 percent membership funded and made up of concerned gun owners and conservation clubs across New York state."
According to Getman, the giveaway will also help ensure that gun owners are in compliance with New York's strict firearms storage laws, which require them to lock up their firearms while living in a home with someone under the age of 16.
"We encourage county residents to pick up a free lock so that they can securely store their firearm," said Getman. "The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The cable is threaded through the weapon and blocks the barrel or the use of ammunition. It's secured by a padlock and key. The goal is to prevent a young child or another unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in the home."
Phillips and Getman noted that the locks have been donated by SCOPE and, therefore, there is no county charge to the taxpayers for this service.
SCOPE is a non-partisan statewide 501(c)4 organization dedicated to educating the public about firearm ownership, second amendment rights and legislation. The Schuyler County chapter's meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in January, March, May, October and as necessary at the Montour Falls Moose Lodge, 2096 St. Rt. 14, Montour Falls, NY 14865.
The Schuyler County Attorney is the legal advisor to the county legislature, county administrator and other county officials. In addition, the county attorney prosecutes family court cases of child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency and other civil matters on behalf of county officials.