Last week in Belgrade, a family suffered a devastating loss. A 9 year old boy found a loaded gun, and the gun went off. I am not a parent, and I can't even imagine what the family is going through. Stories like this have become all too common. I am a gun owner, and I keep my guns under lock and key. Like I said, I don't have children, but occasionally I may have guests that do.

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In response to the tragedy in Belgrade, local Law Enforcement is giving out free gun locks in an effort to prevent future accidents involving guns. If you want a free gun lock, police officers in Bozeman, Belgrade, and Manhattan have been authorized to have them on hand. You can also pick them up at the police stations of the cities mentioned above.

For more information, contact your local police department, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, or Montana Highway Patrol.