Gun Makers to Put Child Safety Locks on Guns

John Bush jbush at POST.CIS.SMU.EDU
Thu Oct 16 04:27:32 MDT 1997

On 10 Oct 1997, Mike Wangsmo wrote:

> Date:    Fri, 10 Oct 1997 11:49:30 +0500
> From:    Mike Wangsmo <wanger at REDHAT.COM>
> Subject:
> Your message on: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 23:10:46 PDT
> >Anyone know, or have any hunches, why this happened now?  What did WH
> >promise them (i.e. gun manufacturers) in return?  Or did these gun co.
> >execs wake up one morning thinking, "Hey safety locks are a good idea
> >after all....?"
> Gun locks are only going to do any good, if the owner chooses to put the lock
> on the gun.  Most folks that have a loaded handgun in their house for
> self-defense will not be keeping them locked up, that sort of defeats the
> purpose of having a firearm ready in an emergency.
> >Are they referring to *trigger locks?*
> Yes.  It is a bolt that fits through the trigger guard and has a plate on
> either side of the trigger that, when locked, prevents any external contact
> with the trigger.  That renders the weapon inoperable.
Well, don't forget that it is extremely dangerous (and not
recommended) to put a trigger lock on a loaded weapon.  Kinda does
away with the need for having a gun to prevent criminals or to carry
with you, huh.

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