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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Four police departments are taking part in a program to hand out more than 2,000 free gun locks.

Police chiefs and mayors from Waterbury, Bridgeport, Stratford and Fairfield are expected to make the announcement Tuesday.

Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Bridgeport's mayor said the city has taken more than 700 guns off the street through its gun buyback program. Now the Park City and a few others are hoping to save more lives by keeping the guns, which will remain in homes, safe and locked up.

The 2,500 free gun locks are coming from the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation.

That's the same group that helped sponsor Monday's gun lobby day in Hartford on Monday.

Thousands of gun owners and manufacturers headed to the capitol to have their voices heard.

While gun rights groups lobbied lawmakers, Gov. Dannel Malloy continued to take his show on the road. He's been meeting with mayors and pushing his plan for gun reform.

Malloy was in New London on Monday where more than 200 guns were collected as part of a gun buyback program.

Malloy has called for limiting magazine sizes, mandatory background checks along with banning assault weapons.

He said he would like to see lawmakers pass legislation as soon as next week, or at least by the end of the session in June.

If you live in Waterbury, Bridgeport, Stratford or Fairfield and would like a free gun lock, contact your local police department.

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