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. 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.
The first, ordinance #98-40 pertains to weapon and firearm responsibility. Basically, this ordinance makes it unlawful for any parent, legal guardian or other person eighteen (18) years of age or older to willfully, knowingly or recklessly allow any minor under the age of eighteen (18) to come into unsupervised possession of weapons (as defined within the ordinance). The second ordinance, #98-41, requires that all firearms sold, transferred or possessed within Vernon Hills have installed a protective trigger lock in accordance with the ordinance. (Although the above photos show a lock installed on two handguns, the ordinance requires a lock on all firearms.)
However, as a way to assist residents in keeping their firearms safe, the police department offers FREE gun trigger locks to any Vernon Hills resident. Two locks per household are available. The locks can be picked up Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the police station. 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 questions regarding the above ordinances or the trigger locks you can contact the Crime Prevention Unit via phone (847-247-4889) or via e-mail.