Safety features always included in state gun sales
It is Alaska state law with ATS that all gun shops offer safety locks and pamphlets along with every gone sold. However, the buyer does not have to accept them.
"We are instructed to offer them," Barry Barr, owner of Granny's Guns said. "We have to offer the lock and the pamphlet but that doesn't mean the buyer has to take them."
Barr says that using a gun lock in the home wouldn't delay much time if it's ever needed.
"It's pretty easy to unlock-- you just go like this, it just takes a second," Barr said. "The rope lock is faster to get off, you just need the key nearby."
Barr says the trigger lock takes a little more time.
"There's a little key and the key fits in the hole and it acts like a screwdriver." Barr said, "It just twists it and it comes off just like that. Takes a little longer, though."
The Anchorage Police Department says they don't have any policies or regulations when it comes to having guns in the home, but they do have recommendations.
"Keep your gun in a safe location where it will be out of the reach of children," Lt. John McKinnon said, "You don't have to have it in a locked space, but it is recommended that you secure them as best as possible."
Lt. McKinnon says there are many ways to keep your guns safe from children.
"There's locks, safes, trigger locks, it's a matter of personal preference," McKinnon said. "All depends on the person and what they like. Most simple locks can be found for under $10."
Barr says he'll give away gun locks for free.
"If someone needs or wants a lock," Barr said, "Just stop by and ask for one."
Lt. McKinnon also reminds everyone to pay attention.
"It doesn't matter if you have a gun or you're running a table saw," McKinnon said, "If you don't pay attention, you matter how many years you have into it, you could hurt yourself or someone else."
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