WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It's Massachusetts law that anyone who buys a gun is given a lock to make certain children can't fire it nor anyone else who's not authorized.
A viewer called the 22News I-Team to investigate after she discovered her key wasn't the only one that could open her lock.
She wanted to know why her lock would be universal when stolen guns is a major problem.
The 22News I-Team took on the case to get her some answers.
As Congress and state lawmakers consider stricter gun regulations, some people say policies already in place need a second look.
"I purchased the weapon and we have this lock here and I went to someone else's house and they had the same lock," the woman said.
This woman didn't want her identity revealed but contacted the 22News I-Team after she bought a gun for protection and discovered the lock provided could be opened by just about anyone with the same lock.
"I have the same key that can open someone else's, that means they have the key that can open my gun."
To investigate the 22News I-Team took a picture of the lock and key - we sent one to the state to get a response from them, we'll take another to the gun shop she bought her weapon at to find out what's going on.
West Springfield's Guns Inc Manager Philip Marcil agreed to take a look at it.
"This is just a transportation lock only, we have them by the bags that we give away with guns," said Phil Marcil
Marcil confirmed for us these locks are universally keyed alike.
He says the store is complying with state law by giving a lock to all gun owners - however, it's up to the customer to get a more secure lock to use on a regular basis.
"This lock is a generic throw-away lock, it is what a dealer provides the customer to get the gun from the store to their home where they need to put it into a secured container," Marcil added.
The state responded to our inquiry pointing out that the gun lock law is to render a weapon inoperable around anyone other than the owner or lawfully authorized user which would explain why all lawful users may end up with the same universal lock.
Our viewer says she's since bought a new more secure lock but is concerned about what could've happened if she stayed with the one provided to her.
"They can actually come in with the same key and unlock my gun and I could be a victim to my own weapon," our viewer added.
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