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News Archive, June 2015

June 25, 2015

LARGO, Fla. - As part of Project ChildSafe, and as part of an effort to help encourage firearm safety and prevent accidents, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) took part in a media conference event in Pinellas County on Tuesday morning.

U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Pinellas County, the Pinellas County Sheriff, as well as members of the Clearwater and Largo Police Departments attended the event.

The NSSF discussed the importance of firearm safety and is providing local residents with free firearm safety kits (including a gun lock), which are available for pick-up from several local law enforcement agencies, including at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Administration Building on Ulmerton Road in Largo where the event was held.

The NSSF highlighted the top ways to prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse, as well as the best way to properly secure their firearms when not in use.

You can see some firearm safety tips from the NSSF by clicking HERE.

NSSF is a trade association of the firearms industry, which claims to have provided more than 37 million free firearms safety kits across the country since 1999. The mission of the NSSF is to promote hunting and "shooting sports."

Rep. Jolly is listed as an official member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, which is sponsored by the NSSF as well as other industry leaders like Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's Ourdoor Fund, Remington, and Vista Outdoor. Those sponsors donate money to industry events and political figures who work in Congress to pass legislation they support.

Original story on ABC Action News

June 11, 2015

Free Trigger Locks, Firearm-Safety Literature for Gun Owners

Local gun owners can get free trigger locks and firearm-safety literature at any San Diego Police Department station as part of a nationwide program, officials announced Tuesday.

“Project Childsafe is about protecting lives and keeping unsecured firearms out of the wrong hands,” SDPD Chief Shelley Zimmerman said in announcing the service. “When firearms are stored safely in a home, families and communities are safer.”

The department’s involvement in the program was spurred in part by the accidental shooting death of a 10-year-old boy who was playing with a gun along with a 9-year-old neighbor girl at a Scripps Ranch home in June 2013, community- relations Officer Tracey Williams said.

Last year, the girl’s 56-year-old father, Todd Conrad Francis, pleaded guilty to child endangerment for failing to properly store his 9-mm pistol and was sentenced to four years in state prison.

The firearm-safety kits “can help provide responsible gun owners with the tools and education they need to safely store their guns away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals,” Zimmerman said.

“As we have seen for ourselves, the devastating effects of accidental deaths and injuries resulting from unsecured guns, this tragic loss of life can be avoided with proper storage,” the chief told news crews during a briefing at downtown police headquarters.

More than 37 million gun owners have gotten the safety materials since 1998, according to Project Childsafe spokesman Bill Romanelli.

“If you own a firearm, respect it, and secure it,” he said. “A hidden gun is not a safe gun, and hiding a gun is not safe storage.”

Original Story in the Times of San Diego

June 4, 2015

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The 2015 NSSF Industry Summit, held this past week in Savannah, Georgia, is one that will go down on the books. Setting a new attendance record and sold to capacity, firearms industry professionals met for two days of presentations that garnered a wealth of accolades from those who traveled from all across the country to engage in discussions aimed at increasing hunter and shooting sports participation in America.

The central theme of the 2015 Industry Summit, diversity, is one that proved the industry is preparing to significantly change the way it does business.
“We’ve talked loosely about diversity for years,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, “but there’s never been a cohesive effort across the industry as a whole to address this subject and innovate change. This year’s Industry Summit showed us that we’re about to experience a ground-swell shift in that attitude. Summit attendees came fully prepared, arriving with focused, on-point questions about what changes they need to make in their businesses to embrace a new consumer audience. Rewarded with a panel of speakers who presented numerous models of success that that are replicable from manufacturer to retailer, wildlife agency to public range, Summit attendees took away viable avenues of change that will positively impact our industry in the months to come.”

A slew of headlining speakers kept audiences on their toes over the two days of discussions, with presentations such as Rick Tobin’s “U.S. Hispanic Firearms Market.” In that discussion, Tobin stated, “The current buying power of Hispanics is $850 billion and soon to be over a trillion dollars. It is necessity for any industry to connect with Hispanic consumers if they want to grow and this NSSF funded research will help the firearms and ammunition industry obtain a better understanding of this important consumer segment.” Other sessions included “Driving Engagement Across the Generations” and “The Impact of Ethnic Diversity on the U.S. Firearms Market,” as well as panel discussions on partnering with women’s shooting organizations and working with today’s many talented firearms bloggers.

“We have a tremendous cache of current data that shows us what firearms are being produced and purchased, what shooting sports they’re being used with and who’s doing the buying and shooting,” explained Jim Curcuruto, NSSF Director, Industry Research and Analysis. “It’s gratifying to see so many important industry heads investing in that research and the ideas exchanged at the Summit, then using those things to complement their business plans and share what works with others. Industry-wide cooperation that works to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shootings sports is what the Summit is all about.”

NSSF would like to thank its many sponsors for their support of the 2015 Industry Summit, including Georgia USA, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, PolyCase Ammunition, Troy Defense, Blue Force Gear, Daniel Defense, Boy Scouts of America and Magpul.

Original article on the NSSF Blog.