Aug 5, 2014 8:43 PM by Greg Dingrando
PUEBLO - Monday's accidental shooting of a 3-year-old girl has the Pueblo Police Department offering up free gun locks.
They've been giving them out for years, but with the recent news they thought it was time for another reminder.
A gun lock is just a simple device, but according to police, it can save lives, especially young children who might get curious.
The recent tragedy motivated people like Destinee Phillips-Cole go out and get one, and the fact that it was free only made it better.
"I was actually going to go buy one today. I wanted to ensure everyone's safety around me, but I got one for free so I don't have to go buy it," said Phillips-Cole.
For Miranda Steffen the decision to get one was easy. She said all you have to do is look at how her 14-month-old daughter likes to grab and play with just about anything, to see why its needed.
"Its going to make me feel 10 times safer," said Steffen.
"Having this lock, I won't have to worry about it going off because it will be locked and protected," said Phillips-Cole.
But police said securing the gun lock is just the beginning. They said talking with your kids about gun safety is still the most important part.
"You can protect your children in your home, but if your child goes to someone else's home you don't know what they're doing or if they have guns in that home. so its important to talk to you children so they know not to be around weapons," said Sgt. Eric Gonzales with the Pueblo Police Department.
But what about those who want their gun to be ready to fire at a moments notice?
Police said if kids are around, you just have to do things differently. If there is a safety concern, and you need your gun, Gonzales said the lock is not hard to remove.
"Its as easy as putting in a key, turning it, unhooking it, and pulling it out. That took a matter of 5 seconds," said Gonzales.
But after hearing about what happen to the 3-year-old girl on Monday, Phillips-Cole said she's not interested in taking it off; she can't wait to put it on.
"Its what I'm doing the second I walk through the door. I'm putting it right on," said Phillips-Cole.
The version the police department is giving out isn't the only one out there. There are plenty, all with the same goal of keeping people safe, particularly children.
If you want to pick one up for free just head the Pueblo Police Department.