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News Archive, June 2016

June 30, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Jenn Jacques “S.A.F.E. Summer Local Champion”

in Firearm Safety

 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Green Bay’s Jenn Jacques as a “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Jenn Jacques was selected for her efforts to promote firearm education and safety within her community, especially for children. As a mother, gun owner and concealed carry advocate, Jenn Jacques raises awareness through her personal blog, the Bearing Arms website, NRA News and media interviews.

 

“When children learn gun safety and are confident on what to do if they see a gun, they won't be tempted to allow curiosity to place that gun in their hands. With all the firearm safety tools available to parents, we need to teach our children about gun safety while taking necessary measures to protect those who are too young to comprehend danger,” Jacques says. “I have taught my three children about firearm safety so I know firsthand how to ensure they and those around them remain safe.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

 

“My goal is to make more people aware of how true gun safety programs like NSSF's Project ChildSafe can and do save lives,” says Jacques. “Project ChildSafe provides great tools for parents to use at home as children learn the rules of gun safety, including firearm safety kits, informational videos and educator resources.”

 

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Jenn Jacques,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

 

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 28, 2016

NSSF’s Project ChildSafe Names Oakland County Board of Commissioners
 “S.A.F.E. Summer” Local Champion in Firearm Safety

 

Pontiac, Michigan– The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized the Oakland County Board of Commissioners as a “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Following its Third Annual Gun Safety Awareness Day, The Oakland County Board of Commissioners was recognized for its multi-faceted efforts to address gun safety and firearms misuse, including implementation of two wide-reaching programs – the Gun Safety Lock Giveaway and LOCK-IT-UP, introduced earlier this month.

The Board has developed partnerships with more than 30 local law enforcement agencies (including Oakland County Sheriff) as well as local businesses and organizations such as Crime Stoppers. The Board has conducted a series of informational sessions on gun violence prevention and mental health first aid training for peace officers and the public. In addition, the Board aired firearm safety public service announcements featuring broadcast personalities Diana Lewis and Mojo in the Morning on local radio and television stations including ABC 7, CBS 62 and CW 50.

 “Our goal is to continue to create various outreach efforts from developing public service announcements to holding our annual free gun lock giveaway,” says Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Chair of the Public Services Committee and its’s Study Group on Gun Violence. “We want to encourage gun owners to be responsible as well as help to protect our children and our community by locking up and properly storing firearms when not in use.”

“We want to encourage and ensure that the conversation about gun safety is ongoing,” says Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson. “We encourage the public to follow our efforts on social media and visit our website at www.oakgov/boc.”

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

“We support Project ChildSafe because of its exceptional work to educate the public on firearm safety,” says Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson. “Project ChildSafe has been an outstanding partner and a wonderful resource as we address this multi-layer issue.”

Sharing this sentiment, Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Michael Spisz stated, “When I envisioned the free gun lock giveaway effort and the partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Project ChildSafe, I hoped for success, but my expectations have been exceeded. We have been able to giveaway nearly 10,000 free safety gun locks since 2014 as a result of our collaborative effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like those who serve as members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) as the “Local Champion” for its efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe S.A.F.E. Summer campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Connecticut Citizens Defense League was selected for its work to educate the community on the importance of properly storing firearms to ensure safety.

“Having been a victim of an accidental shooting when I was a kid myself, due in part to an improperly stored firearm, I understand very well the value and importance of firearm safety and education,” says CCDL President Scott Wilson Sr.

S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

“We believe that it is our responsibility as gun owners to for solutions to any potential risks, and avoid them as much as we can,” Wilson said. “Project ChildSafe offers those solutions. The Executive Committee of CCDL took note of what the National Shooting Sports Foundation and Project ChildSafe was doing, and we wanted to be a part of that effort.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of organizations like Connecticut Citizens Defense League,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.

June 22, 2016

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has recognized Scottsdale’s Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman, as “Local Champion” for her efforts to promote firearm safety in the region. The recognition comes as NSSF launches its fourth annual Project ChildSafe “S.A.F.E. Summer” campaign to emphasize the importance of responsible firearm storage – particularly while children are home from school and more likely to be unattended.

Carrie Lightfoot – the 2015 GLOCK Safety Ambassador Award Winner – was selected for her role in communicating, demonstrating and teaching firearm safety. Through her organization, she provides exhaustive resources (including training videos) in all areas of gun safety, storage, ownership, training, concealed carry and more.

“In my desire to become a responsible gun owner, my own lack of knowledge and the lack of resources available for women motivated me to start The Well Armed Woman,” said Lightfoot. “As women and mothers, we have unique perspectives and needs. There was so little information and training that spoke respectfully and directly to us, so I said to myself - someone needs to do something. And I did.”


S.A.F.E. Summer is an extension of NSSF’s Project ChildSafe campaign. Consistent with Project ChildSafe’s overarching message of “Own It? Respect It. Secure It,” the S.A.F.E. Summer effort is a reminder that proper firearm storage is the #1 way to help prevent firearm accidents, theft and misuse. 

"S.A.F.E." serves as an acronym for Store your firearms responsibly when not in use; Always practice firearm safety; Focus on your responsibilities as a firearm owner; and Education is key to preventing accidents. The effort is focused on providing resources to help gun owners take actions and share information that will help keep their families and communities safer.

Lightfoot explains, “It is critical that accurate information, products and training be a part of every woman’s journey into gun ownership. Project ChildSafe is all of this – the materials and safety kits are fabulous and very well produced, and NSSF’s work to make them available across the country is outstanding. I want to help get them in every home! We all must do everything we can to educate and equip gun owners with the information they need to practice firearm safety.”

“We’re very grateful for the work of people like Carrie Lightfoot,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “They are great examples of how the firearms-owning community is committed to safety and personal responsibility, and their work is instrumental in helping to reduce firearm accidents.”

NSSF launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (prior to 2003 the program was called Project HomeSafe) as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and provide safety education to all gun owners. While children are a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help young people and adults practice greater firearm safety as well. Through partnerships with more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies, the program has provided more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and the five U.S. territories. That's in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included with new firearms sold since 1998 and continue to do today.