Problems prompt Fallin to halt gun lock distribution

Wednesday, October 11th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Lt. Gov. Mary Fallin has canceled her plans to give away gun locks that were furnished by a national shooting group after police discovered the devices can spring open.

Fallin was asked to postpone her plans by a representative of the group. The locks were to be given away on Oct. 21.

"I have always had a great concern for the safety of Oklahomans," she said. "That's why I brought Project HomeSafe to our state."

Some IGA stores in Oklahoma City still will offer the gun locks.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade group based in Newtown, Conn., distributed 400,000 cable locks through more than 300 law enforcement agencies before police in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn., reported the problems last week.

Law enforcement agencies in 360 other communities have signed up for the free program, but the locks have not been distributed.