Safety and Training

Project ChildSafe Hits Major Milestone with 1k Supporter Organizations

Firearm Industry Program Distributed Nearly A Quarter Million Safety Kits Nationwide in 2014

National Shooting Sports Foundation Logo

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has led the charge in promoting gun safety, keeping firearms out of the wrong hands and raising awareness of gun rights’ issues. The NSSF has not done this alone and while it has reached a wonderful milestone, we can do much better. I know this by the overwhelming response I have seen over the past week to the proposed action against M855 ammunition. Let’s all build on that energy by supporting the NSSF and Project ChildSafe.

Here is the release from the National Shooting Sports Foundation regarding one of its latest accomplishments.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, trade association for the firearms industry, announced that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors and conservation groups have joined with NSSF to promote Project ChildSafe, the industry’s national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners.

These 1,000 supporters are in addition to the 15,000 law enforcement agencies that have partnered with NSSF since 1999 to distribute free Project ChildSafe firearm safety kits, which include a cable-style gun lock and safety education literature. Last year alone, NSSF and its partners distributed nearly 240,000 kits throughout the U.S. Since its inception, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million firearm safety kits in all 50 states and the five U.S. Territories.

“This milestone is more than a number-it’s further testimony to the commitment on the part of the firearms industry, individual gun owners and the sporting community to make gun safety and personal responsibility a priority,” said Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of NSSF. “These are all organizations that, collectively, can amplify the messages of Project ChildSafe. We’ve made great progress in helping reduce fatal firearms accidents, which are dropping dramatically and make up only 0.5 percent of all accidental fatalities. Our goal is to further reduce accidents, theft and intentional misuse by preventing unauthorized access to guns.” Project-Child-Safe-NSSFIn the past year, major national organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, the International Hunter Education Association (USA), The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and Pheasants/Quail Forever have joined with Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation and Team USA Shooting, along with hundreds of individual retails and gun ranges, to promote the messages and mission of Project ChildSafe to its members and through its marketing campaigns. This collective outreach has reminded millions of gun owners to safely and securely store their firearms when not in use.

Central to promoting firearm safety is Project ChildSafe’s “Own. It? Respect It. Secure It.” initiative, whose logo is used by supporters as a continual reminder to securely store guns to keep them out of the wrong hands. A program infographic helps gun owners decide on safe storage options for their lifestyles and budgets.

Proper storage is the number one way to prevent firearm accidents,” Sanetti said. “The more we can get this message out, the more we will continue to see firearms accidents and misuse decrease. With these tremendous supporters on board, and more joining every day, the more Project ChildSafe will succeed in this mission.” NSSF first launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe). The program’s distribution of more than 36 million free gun locks is complemented by the more than 70 million free gun locks manufacturers have provided with firearms purchased since 1998. Gun owners who want a free firearm safety kit that includes a gun lock can locate participating law enforcement agencies at projectchildsafe.org.

Do you have a firearm safety kit? How can you and others spread the word to promote safety? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Comments (5)

  1. These same ignorant dupes are probably all for giving taxpayer money Planned Parenthood – a for profit company that routinely lobbies for looser laws to outright kill and dissect babies!!

    When you break it down, liberal priorities are scary

  2. Where can I find the stats on fatal fire arm accidents?
    This is a great program. Is NSSF working with the military to provide these kits to Soldiers and their families?

  3. This is a great program, and unlike the stupid Liberal anti-gun ad that encouraged kids to steal their parent’s guns and take them to school to turn in to their teachers, this program actually accomplishes something. I have known a family first hand whose teenaged son got the father’s gun, and accidentally killed his friend with it.

    I started shooting at a young sage and grew up with guns in the house, and raised my own children to shoot and respect guns. Because of the respect that I was taught and passed on to my family, we have never had any kind of gun related accident or close call in our home. Common sense and training are the best protection from accidents.

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