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Mayor Hancock Announces Gun Lock Giveaway to Help End Youth Violence

Denver - Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced several locations where residents can obtain a gun lock to help end youth violence. The 1200 gun locks, supplied by the Denver Police Department and Project Child Safe, will be available today and tomorrow through several members of the city’s Safe Haven partnership. 

“Youth are getting access to unsecured guns, and incidents are escalating with tragic results. In one of the safest big cities in the country, that is unacceptable and we know it’s preventable,” Mayor Hancock said, “We want to empower every resident to make a difference. Grabbing a free gun lock and securing a weapon is one action we can all take right now to keep young people safe.”

Residents can obtain a gun lock at the following locations:

Saturday

New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd.
Time: beginning at 10 a.m.

Sunday

New Hope Ministries of Central Denver, 90 Knox Ct.
Time: beginning at 10 a.m.

New Beginnings Ministries, 5200 Tejon St.
Time: beginning at 10:30 a.m.

His Love Fellowship, 910 Kalamath St.
Time: After 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services

Anchor of Hope, 2101 N. High St.
Time: beginning at 11 a.m.

House of Purpose, 8720 E. Colfax Ave.
Time: beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Church in the City, 1580 N. Gaylord St.
Time: beginning at 10 a.m.

Christian Riders In Faith, 3423 West Colfax
Time: beginning at 2 p.m.

Safe Haven is a faith-led initiative designed to support Denver residents who are struggling with trauma, fear or frustration following a tragic incident in the community. Over 20 churches across the city of Denver are a part of the Safe Haven network. Following a tragic incident, the closest participating church is activated for three days and members from Safe Haven network volunteer their time to support a community healing process. Emotional and mental wellness specialists are also on-site to provide professional support and to connect residents with more in-depth services if desired.

Recent youth violence community conversations:
Mayor Hancock's Community Call: Youth Gun Violence, Jan. 27, 2020
The Rest of the Story: Young People Discuss Violence Happening in Their Communities
The Rest of the Story: Youth Gun Violence in Denver, A Conversation with Youth Advocates