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Firefighters to hand out gun locks in St. Louis

This comes days after a 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her sister

ST. LOUIS — A unique partnership in St. Louis is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Lyda Krewson, Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and others are scheduled to announce they're joining forces with the campaign "Lock it for Love."

The gun safety campaign is run by Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice. It focuses on handing out gun locks and providing gun safety education in hopes of preventing unintentional shootings.

According to a press release, free gun locks will be available at 30 fire stations in the city and area at libraries.

Police said a 4-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her sister Saturday evening in the Carr Square neighborhood. The girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police have not updated her condition since Sunday.

After Tuesday’s news conference to announce the latest Lock it for Love partnership, firefighters will distribute gun locks in the Carr Square neighborhood, just north of downtown.

According to Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice, the organization has distributed more than 1,000 gun locks over the past year.


"CUT SHORT: Unsolved Killings of St. Louis Children" is an initiative of KSDK 5 On Your Side and its community outreach program, "Project 5," to raise awareness of the unchecked violence against children in the City of St. Louis from the summer of 2019 to present.

We're dedicated to telling their stories, following the criminal investigations and shining a light on the reasons for gun violence in our city. We won't let up.

Please join us in this important campaign seeking justice for our youth by sharing these stories about their young lives cut short, reaching out to elected officials and supporting the worthy organizations in St. Louis working to make our city's neighborhoods safer places to raise families.