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Shooting victim's mother hands out gun locks

By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta woman turned her personal tragedy into a lesson for others.

Tiffany Berrien's ten-year-old son accidentally shot and killed his seven-year-old brother earlier this month with a gun found in their home.

On Friday, Berrien spent the day passing out free gun locks with the Valdosta Police Department.

To promote the importance of gun safety, they handed out locks and safety information in front of the New Century Outdoors store.  Police provided information on state gun laws, as well as tips on how to keep guns out of the hands of children.

"We're trying to teach parents to lock their guns up, and hide the bullets in an area that is different from where the gun is located," said Officer Vernotis Williams.  "We're also trying to tell them to not necessarily put the key to the gun lock on their key chain, but to hide that key in a third location."

The Valdosta Police Department always offers free locks for handguns and rifles at their headquarters.

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