Gun Locks Pass California Proposed Testing Standards

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pro-Lok

    ORANGE, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The quality of gun locks and
 their ability to provide real protection to consumers have been placed in real
 question over recent months.  This is made evident by the recalls of over
 1 million gun locks and the failure of 30 out of 32 gun locks recently tested
 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
     "The quality and protection shortfalls of gun locks have prompted many
 States to consider adopting their own standards that gun locks must meet.
 California has adopted the toughest and most stringent testing standards in
 the country," says Adam Weinraub, President of Pro-Lok, a gun lock
 manufacturer located in Orange, California.
     "Pro-Lok is proud to announce that our gun lock model GL100C has passed
 the toughest testing in the country.  The only independent, certified lab in
 the country, authorized by the State of California conducted the testing."
     California's proposed standards include testing that is intended to
 prevent "unauthorized access" to firearms as opposed to just "accidental
 discharge."  Unauthorized access standards are intended to prevent many
 children as well as adults from gaining access to a firearm with the physical
 intent to remove the lock.  A summary of the tests passed includes:
 
     Picking and manipulation  (picking the cylinder with paper clips,
      screwdrivers etc.)
     Forced removal (removing the lock by the partial destruction of the
      firearm)
     Strength test  (apply 225 lbs. of pulling force to remove the lock)
     Shock test  (drop a 2.2 lb. weight a total of 10 times on the lock)
     Shackle & cable cutting  (cut the cable with a specified amount of force)
     Plug pulling  (Drill the cylinder 3/4" deep, insert a self tapping screw &
      pull the plug with 225 lbs. of tension)
     Plug Torque  (insert a 10" screwdriver in the key cylinder and apply
      89 lbs. of force inches to turn the plug)
     Sawing  (use a hacksaw with 10lbs of weight and 120 cycles to cut the lock
      off)
     Drop test  (drop the firearm 6 different ways onto a concrete slab)
 
     "In addition to our GL100C lock passing, our GL200C lock has passed all of
 the tests with the exception of the size."  Weinraub adds, "We just need to
 add a small dimension change in order to prevent the trigger guard to be cut
 off.  We anticipate that this lock will pass the California standards when our
 work is shortly completed."  Weinraub states, "To my knowledge, Pro-Lok
 manufactures the only gun locks in the country that have accomplished this
 superior feat to date.  Many critics have said a lock can't be made at a
 reasonable price that will pass California testing, while still, others have
 said it can't be done at all.  We have proved a lot of people wrong.  It is
 very satisfying to know that we are producing an affordable product that has
 the potential to save a number of lives".
     The CPSC called for voluntary standards to be developed as a result of
 their testing.  Weinraub offers the following comments.  "The process to
 develop voluntary standards on gun locks has begun.  Although this is a big
 step in the right direction, I don't expect this to be a very quick process.
 If and when voluntary standards are adopted, they will only be voluntary and I
 would not expect them to be close to the testing levels adopted by California.
     Mr. Weinraub also indicates that Pro-Lok will not rest on their current
 accomplishments.  "We are in the process of making additional changes that
 will make our locks even better".
     Additional information will be posted at www.pro-lok.com shortly or by
 calling (714) 633-0681.
 
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    ORANGE, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The quality of gun locks and
 their ability to provide real protection to consumers have been placed in real
 question over recent months.  This is made evident by the recalls of over
 1 million gun locks and the failure of 30 out of 32 gun locks recently tested
 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
     "The quality and protection shortfalls of gun locks have prompted many
 States to consider adopting their own standards that gun locks must meet.
 California has adopted the toughest and most stringent testing standards in
 the country," says Adam Weinraub, President of Pro-Lok, a gun lock
 manufacturer located in Orange, California.
     "Pro-Lok is proud to announce that our gun lock model GL100C has passed
 the toughest testing in the country.  The only independent, certified lab in
 the country, authorized by the State of California conducted the testing."
     California's proposed standards include testing that is intended to
 prevent "unauthorized access" to firearms as opposed to just "accidental
 discharge."  Unauthorized access standards are intended to prevent many
 children as well as adults from gaining access to a firearm with the physical
 intent to remove the lock.  A summary of the tests passed includes:
 
     Picking and manipulation  (picking the cylinder with paper clips,
      screwdrivers etc.)
     Forced removal (removing the lock by the partial destruction of the
      firearm)
     Strength test  (apply 225 lbs. of pulling force to remove the lock)
     Shock test  (drop a 2.2 lb. weight a total of 10 times on the lock)
     Shackle & cable cutting  (cut the cable with a specified amount of force)
     Plug pulling  (Drill the cylinder 3/4" deep, insert a self tapping screw &
      pull the plug with 225 lbs. of tension)
     Plug Torque  (insert a 10" screwdriver in the key cylinder and apply
      89 lbs. of force inches to turn the plug)
     Sawing  (use a hacksaw with 10lbs of weight and 120 cycles to cut the lock
      off)
     Drop test  (drop the firearm 6 different ways onto a concrete slab)
 
     "In addition to our GL100C lock passing, our GL200C lock has passed all of
 the tests with the exception of the size."  Weinraub adds, "We just need to
 add a small dimension change in order to prevent the trigger guard to be cut
 off.  We anticipate that this lock will pass the California standards when our
 work is shortly completed."  Weinraub states, "To my knowledge, Pro-Lok
 manufactures the only gun locks in the country that have accomplished this
 superior feat to date.  Many critics have said a lock can't be made at a
 reasonable price that will pass California testing, while still, others have
 said it can't be done at all.  We have proved a lot of people wrong.  It is
 very satisfying to know that we are producing an affordable product that has
 the potential to save a number of lives".
     The CPSC called for voluntary standards to be developed as a result of
 their testing.  Weinraub offers the following comments.  "The process to
 develop voluntary standards on gun locks has begun.  Although this is a big
 step in the right direction, I don't expect this to be a very quick process.
 If and when voluntary standards are adopted, they will only be voluntary and I
 would not expect them to be close to the testing levels adopted by California.
     Mr. Weinraub also indicates that Pro-Lok will not rest on their current
 accomplishments.  "We are in the process of making additional changes that
 will make our locks even better".
     Additional information will be posted at www.pro-lok.com shortly or by
 calling (714) 633-0681.
 
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