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Police reminding gun owners of gun safety responsibility

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There's no better way to prevent tragedy than to prepare for it.

That's why Waterloo and Cedar Falls police departments are reminding gun owners to lock up their guns.

They're offering gun safety locks for free. Anyone can walk in and pick up a gun lock. 

Waterloo police say they've been offering these free safety locks for 10 years now, but it's never too late to come in and get one.

That's why they're reminding people if you have a gun, you have a responsibility to lock it up. 

Waterloo Police Lieutenant Greg Fangman says it takes just one extra step.

"Putting this in there properly will prevent the gun from firing in anyway shape or form," said Fangman. 

Just a couple extra seconds to lock it up, can prevent an accident that could happen in an instant.

Unintentional shootings have become a scary reality.

Firearms instructor at MR Guns in Cedar Falls Stephen Foote says gun safety is already a priority when selling the guns.

"Every gun sold nowadays comes with a safety lock," said Foote. 

Actually using the lock is the difference. 

To use the lock, the first thing you want to do is make sure the gun is clear of ammunition. The second step is to slide the gun lock through the magazine well and lock it.

"Any lock, safe, or anything else-given enough time and in expertise can be defeated," said Foote.  

This is why police say gun safety doesn't stop here.

"But a second good step even if you have this on, make sure you have it locked up somewhere even in a safe," said Fangman. "There's been violent crime going all over our community unfortunately. A lot of the guns that have been recovered have stemmed from burglaries so there's stolen guns out here."

Police are urging gun owners to keep their guns locked up away from kids and from thieves. 

"There is an immense responsibility for every one of your civil rights, including owning a firearm," said Foote. 

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