County Health Dept. Gun Safety Lock Pilot Expands to Three Additional Libraries

More than 1,000 Safety Locks Already Distributed

(June 1, 2023 – Annapolis, MD) Officials from the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) and the Anne Arundel County Department of Health announced today the expansion of their successful pilot program to distribute gun safety locks to three additional county library branches. More than 1,000 locks have already been given out at Busch Annapolis, Eastport-Annapolis Neck and Glen Burnie libraries and starting today, eligible county residents can also receive gun locks at the Deale, Odenton and Severn libraries.

“Our plan has always been to expand this program to more libraries, so that more residents who want free gunlocks can get them," said Dr. Tonii Gedin, Acting Health Officer for Anne Arundel County. "We are really encouraged by the number of people who are taking advantage of this safety measure and look forward to offering it at all county libraries in the future."

“We are happy to be able to bring the gun safety lock program to more library branches,” said Library CEO Skip Auld. “Libraries are trusted community resources and the success of this initial pilot program surely indicates that residents want to do their part to reduce gun violence.”

"It is clear from the feedback we received from residents that this program is a step in the right direction that will help to save lives," said County Executive Pittman. "I am thrilled that we can make these gun locks available in more locations."

The expansion comes as June is designated as Gun Violence Awareness Month.  County residents who are 18 years old and up can receive up to two gun safety locks per household, per day. No proof of residency is required. Visit the library’s website for a listing or operating hours and directions to the impacted branches. This partnership marks the first such effort in the state of Maryland.

The Department of Health and AACPL are also holding events to engage with residents, including a community meeting today at 5:30 pm at the Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library.  Additionally on Friday, June 2, from 10 am – 4 pm staff at the Busch Annapolis Library will host a meaningful community art project with the Soul Box Project to raise awareness of the gun violence epidemic.  Soul boxes will be on display later this month at the Busch Annapolis, Odenton and Glen Burnie libraries. Learn more at