Michigan Association of Police

Free gun locks are available to Michigan residents while supplies last through a partnership between Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Residents can obtain the locks at MDHHS county offices and some local health departments.

Free gun locks are also available through Project ChildSafe police partners across the state, including MAP-represented departments. 

State funding was used to purchase 75,000 cable-style gun locks from Project ChildSafe through $500,000 appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2024 Michigan State Police budget, providing residents with free access to gun locks.

In 2020, firearms injuries became the number one cause of death for children in the United States and Michigan. 

“We are partnering with Michigan State Police, local MDHHS offices and our local health departments, to help prevent these tragedies and keep Michigan children and families safe from firearm violence,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “Our department is devoted to improving the safety and well-being of Michigan children, as outlined in our Keep Kids Safe Action Agenda, and actions such as implementing gun locks are going to make a difference when it comes to prevention efforts around firearm safety.”

The state is providing the free gun locks to help Michiganders comply with a new Michigan law generally requiring gun owners to keep their stored or unattended firearms unloaded and locked. Public Act 17 of 2023, which took effect Feb. 13, 2024, generally requires individuals to use a locking device or store their guns in a locked box or container if it is known or reasonably should be known that a minor is, or is likely to be, present on the premises.

Gun lock installation instructions are included within the product’s packaging and available on the Project ChildSafe website.