News Archive, 2018

May 24, 2018


Project ChildSafe recognized for contributions toward promoting firearms safety at national, local level


CHICAGO – Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), was honored to be named among one of three finalists vying for the National Safety Council’s 2018 Green Cross for Safety Awards, which were presented May 23. NSSF and Project ChildSafe’s selection as a finalist for the Excellence in Safety Award recognized the program’s continued commitment to helping prevent firearms accidents, thefts and misuse. 


“NSSF and Project ChildSafe are thankful to the National Safety Council for the prestigious nomination and for its tireless efforts to spotlight organizations working to create advancements in safety,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “We congratulate the winners; there is truth in the saying, it’s an honor to be nominated. We may not have won, but this kind of recognition by the National Safety Council underscores the importance of programs such as Project ChildSafe in emphasizing firearms safety awareness at the local and national levels, and inspires us to work even harder.”


Since 1999, NSSF has sponsored Project ChildSafe, which works to promote firearms safety awareness through the distribution of free firearm safety kits, including a gun lock and educational materials, and messages around safe firearms storage. The program has distributed more than 37 million firearm locks since its inception. 


Additionally, NSSF was recently awarded a two-year $2.4 million grant by the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance to launch “Project ChildSafe Communities,” a focused initiative that fosters a culture of firearms safety in specific communities with significant rates of firearms ownership, and elevates firearms safety education at the national level.


For more information about Project ChildSafe and firearms safety, visit projectchildsafe.org.



About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit nssf.org.


About Project ChildSafe

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. Learn more at projectchildsafe.org.



About the National Safety Council

The National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.


Visit nsc.org/awards for additional information about the National Safety Council Awards.






February 7, 2018

New partners join regional effort in “Aiming for Zero” firearms accidents 


OKLAHOMA CITY – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and a growing list of local partners, today marked the one-year anniversary of Project ChildSafe Oklahoma City by renewing their commitment to make firearms safety for children a priority throughout the community in 2018.


“The goal of Project ChildSafe Oklahoma City remains ‘Aiming for Zero’ firearms accidents and working together on efforts that will help stop firearms thefts and misuse,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “We’re one year in and we’ve accomplished a lot, but we’re really only just getting started.” 


Since its launch at the State Capitol last year, Project ChildSafe Oklahoma City has distributed more than 4,500 firearm locks and safety kits containing educational materials throughout the region. NSSF and the Project ChildSafe program have committed to making thousands of additional locks and other safety resources available across the city in 2018. The goal of Project ChildSafe is to remind gun owners that securely storing firearms when not in use is the number one way to help prevent firearms accidents, thefts and misuse.


Distribution of those locks and materials is made possible through partnerships between the Oklahoma City Police Department and Fire Department, along with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, and local organizations including Hall & Hall Consulting, the Oklahoma City Gun Club, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Wild Turkey Foundation.  


Overall, more than 20 local organizations have committed to share educational resources and information on firearms safety through Project ChildSafe Oklahoma City. In the past few months several new partners, including the Oklahoma Indian Health Service, the Latino Community Development Agency and Pheasants/Quail Forever have joined the program in order to expand its reach to new audiences.


“We are thrilled to be supporting the efforts of Project ChildSafe as we aim for zero firearms accidents. We are eager to work together to promote firearms safety all around Oklahoma and within the American Indian communities,” Oklahoma Area Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Specialist said.


Those efforts will be complemented by plans for a region-wide student essay contest, community events, and a new public service announcement developed in partnership with KFOR TV Channel 4.


“We’re very privileged to be working with such a dedicated group of supporters and partners who share our commitment to this cause,” Sanetti said. “We look forward to reaching farther into the community and promoting smart habits that will help keep guns safely stored away from children, at-risk individuals and criminals.”


Project ChildSafe Communities is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).  BJA awarded this grant to help promote additional firearms safety efforts on a national level through the creation of “Project ChildSafe Communities” in key cities around the country. Project ChildSafe Communities also launched in Memphis, Tenn., last October, and will kick off in Cleveland, Ohio, early this year.


Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 3,400 organizational supporters, NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program has distributed more than 37 million free firearm safety kits—which include a free gun lock— and has helped educate firearms owners on the importance of gun safety in communities across all 50 states and the U.S. territories.


For more information on Project ChildSafe Communities and how to get involved, visit projectchildsafe.org.




This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-FG-BX-K001 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.