Sheriff offers exchange for locks |

Sheriff offers exchange for locks

Gregory Crofton

Gun locks given out free last year by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and the South Lake Tahoe Police Department may be faulty.

National Shooting Sports Foundation provided law enforcement departments across the country with the locks. NSSF is now reporting the locks can be opened without a key.

The foundation, in cooperation with U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is recalling 400,000 of the locks and is providing free replacements.

NSSF advised people who own the faulty locks, which read on the bottom “PROJECT HOMESAFE,” “Made in China” and “30 MM,” to keep the lock installed on their firearm until they receive a replacement.

People with faulty locks should call Project HomeSafe at (800) 726-6444 anytime to order a new lock, which should have an improved lock and a thicker steel cable.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Department handed out 1,000 locks last February.

“We went through our first 500 in about three days,” said Sgt. Lance Modispacher. “We had lines at our windows so we ordered 500 more.

“We were under the impression they were good locks because it sounded like they had given out hundreds of thousands. The sheriff allowed me to take one home. I thought it was a pretty good lock.”

South Lake Tahoe Police distributed 952 of 1,000 locks it received from NSSF before getting word in October.

Police in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn., discovered that the locks may be unreliable after several sprang open when the locked guns were bounced in someone’s hand.

More information about gun safety can be found at the police department’s Web site,, or

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