Santa Clara County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office purchased 750 gun vaults for its deputies to use while off duty. The department is installing the gun vaults in deputies' personal cars as well as unmarked patrol cars. The lock boxes are expected to reduce the risk of guns falling into the hands of criminals, reports KRON4.

The new gun vaults were purchased to comply with SB-869, which was signed into California law on Sep. 26 and requires firearms to be locked in a trunk or container in an unattended vehicle. The lock boxes allow deputies to keep their firearms with them rather than locked in the trunk.

The vaults, which come with a key and combination lock, were purchased through funds raised by the sheriff's advisory board.