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Firearms Responsibility Ordinance / Free Gun locks
Gun Owner Responsibility
It is of the utmost importance that anyone who owns a firearm understands that it is a responsibility that must never be taken lightly. Gun owners must always be absolutely certain that the weapon is always completely safe and secure from any possible misuse by family members and others.

Responsibility Around a Child
This responsibility is even more crucial when children are in the home. Whether it is the result of poor judgment, forgetfulness, or simply human error, a mistake can be tragic. Nothing should be left to chance. Along these lines, in 1998 the Vernon Hills village board passed two ordinances pertaining to firearms.

Firearm Ordinance
The first firearm ordinance #14-4 pertains to weapon and firearm responsibility. Basically, this ordinance makes it unlawful for any parent, legal guardian, or other person 18 years of age or older to willfully, knowingly, or recklessly allow any minor under the age of 18 to come into unsupervised possession of weapons (as defined within the ordinance).

The second firearm ordinance, #14-5, requires that all firearms sold, transferred, or possessed within Vernon Hills have installed a protective trigger lock in accordance with the ordinance.

Gun Locks    
As a way to assist residents in keeping their firearms safe, the police department offers free gun locks to any Vernon Hills resident. Two locks per household are available.
Gun lock 1
The locks can be picked up at the Vernon Hills Police Department, 740 Lakeview Parkway.
The hours that the locks are available for pick-up are typically Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

No identification is required when picking them up and no one who requests the locks will be questioned as to their residency. If you have any further questions regarding the above ordinances or gun locks, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 847-247-4889.