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Tragedy prompts free gun lock giveaway in New Middletown

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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - In response to the shooting death of a four-year-old Youngstown boy that officials believe may have been accidental, New Middletown police is reminding people that the city provides free gun locks.

Raytwon Briggs died Monday morning after allegedly playing with a gun in a room with other children. Police say the gun went off, shooting Briggs through the head. The incident is still under investigation.

According to a release, Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio is urging everyone to stop by the city's Municipal building and pick up a gun lock, stating that, "all guns should be treated as loaded."

D'Egidio said that they have between 200-250 locks so far and that any adult, including people from outside the city, can pick them up. Funding for the locks are provided by the nonprofit organization Project ChildSafe.

The Chief said that the department can order more locks from the organization if they run out.

Free gun locks can be picked up anytime during the week between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Locks are available for handguns and long guns and also come with instructions.







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