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News Archive, May 2018

May 30, 2018

Project ChildSafe Appreciation Week demonstrates Oklahoma’s commitment to zero firearms accidents.

 

OKLAHOMA – Gov. Mary Fallin has proclaimed May 28 through June 1 as Project ChildSafe Appreciation week in the state of Oklahoma. Since its launch at the State Capitol, Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has distributed more than 5K firearm locks and safety kits containing educational materials throughout the region.

“This week, we affirm our commitment to ‘Aiming for Zero’ firearms accidents,” said Fallin. “Firearms safety is vitally important, and we should continue to work together as a community to foster a culture that practices responsible gun ownership.”

Unsecured guns pose an accident risk to children and create opportunities for firearms accidents, theft and misuse. With more than 42 percent of U.S. households owning at least one firearm, the state of Oklahoma recognizes Project ChildSafe Appreciation week as an opportunity to educate parents and children on the importance of firearms safety and responsible storage to help preserve the safety of neighborhoods, communities and families.

 

“Support from committed local partners, law enforcement and government officials has made it possible to make thousands of additional locks and safety resources available across the region,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti. “If we continue to work together, we can do even more to help prevent accidents and keep firearms out of the wrong hands.”

 

More than 200 organizations throughout the state of Oklahoma have partnered together with Project ChildSafe 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 nationally since its inception. 

 

 

 

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.

 

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May 30, 2018

Community effort focuses on preventing firearms accidents, thefts and misuse

 

CLEVELAND – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), along with U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Bob Golic joined with local leaders today to launch “Project ChildSafe Cleveland,” a firearms safety initiative focused on helping to prevent firearms accidents, thefts and misuse by providing information and thousands of free gun locks to Cleveland-area residents.

 

“Firearms accidents are preventable tragedies, and we must work together as a community if we want to prevent them,” said Dr. C. Jay Matthews of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church. “Many people have guns because they want to protect themselves and their families. Protecting your family doesn’t stop with bringing a gun into your home. Protecting your family also means doing what you need to do so that a loaded gun isn’t picked up by a child.”

 

In launching the program, Cleveland joins a national “Project ChildSafe Communities” initiative designed to promote responsible firearms ownership, with an emphasis on secure firearms storage. The event marks the start of a year-long, community-led effort encouraging gun owners in Cleveland to “Own It? Respect It. Secure It.”

 

The initiative will be marked by efforts to partner with local organizations to make thousands of free gun locks available throughout the region. The cable-style gun locks come as part of a firearm safety kit that includes information on gun safety and secure storage in the home.

 

“I am pleased to welcome Project ChildSafe into our community to educate firearms owners on the importance of proper and safe storage,” said Justin E. Herdman, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “Preventing firearms from reaching the hands of children, criminals or anyone legally prohibited from possessing a firearm contributes to the overall safety of Cleveland.”

 

In addition to Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and the U.S. Attorney’s office, the initiative is partnering with several local organizations representing retailers, mental health and suicide prevention advocates, youth organizations and conservation groups. Current partners include the Cleveland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 4-H Shooting Sports, the Boy Scouts of America – Lake Eerie Council, Delta Waterfowl, Sportsmen of Tomorrow, the Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees, Eye on Target Radio, Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, the Parma City Council and the Sportsmen of Tomorrow.

 

The initiative will work with these groups, and welcomes the support and involvement of others, to help spread messages and information about responsible firearms storage. Their collective efforts will be backed up by community-wide messaging that that will appear in social media, in an upcoming public service announcement on TV and radio, and on billboards around the Cleveland region.

 

Another of the initiative’s main goals is highlighting the importance for families to talk about gun safety. Organizers emphasize that even if parents don’t own guns, they should still talk to their kids about what to do if they find a gun or they see one at a friend’s house.

 

“As a parent, firearms safety has always been top of mind in my home,” said former Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler and current TV and radio personality Bob Golic. “Thankfully in addition to offering free gun locks and safety kits, Project ChildSafe has resources available to make this conversation a bit easier.”.”   

 

Project ChildSafe Communities is supported by NSSF through a two-year $2.4 million grant by 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 by creating Project ChildSafe Communities in key cities around the country. In addition to helping prevent accidents, the program is also focused on the issue of firearms and suicide prevention, as data shows nearly two-thirds of suicide attempts involve a firearm.

 

“NSSF’s partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention represents an exciting new opportunity to help reduce the misuse of firearms in Cleveland and nationwide,” said Jane Lewins, President of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Often, the decision to end one’s life is made impulsively; having a gun securely stored puts space between the decision to act and the act itself. That space can mean the difference between a life saved and a tragedy.” 

 

Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 8,700 organizational supporters, Project ChildSafe has helped educate firearms owners on the importance of gun safety, while distributing more than 37 million free firearm safety kits to communities in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

 

“Cleveland represents the first Project ChildSafe community effort in Ohio and, based on the tremendous local support we’ve seen already, it will serve as a model for similar firearms safety efforts across the state and around the nation,” said NSSF spokesperson Bill Romanelli.

 

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

 

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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.

 

May 29, 2018

New Partners, 7,000 More Gun Locks and More Places to Get them Coming in Time for Summer

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), together with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant, today announced that Project ChildSafe’s free gun locks, will now be available at all 30 of Memphis’ community and senior centers throughout the city, starting Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. 

 

The announcement comes as Project ChildSafe Memphis marks more than six months of working to promote responsible gun storage in the region. The program launched last October, following several accidents involving children who found unsecured firearms in their homes. Through partnerships with the Mayor’s Office, the Memphis Police Department, suicide prevention groups, local media and the faith community, Project ChildSafe Memphis gave away more than 3,000 gun locks on Oct. 17.  Since then, more than 6,000 additional locks have been distributed by the Memphis police, community organizations, firearms retailers and local churches. 

 

“Thousands of locks have been given away, families are talking, and the program is definitely helping make gun safety in the home a priority throughout Memphis,” said Mayor Strickland. “Rather than get complacent, however, we’re working with Project ChildSafe to make 3,000 more gun locks and educational resources available at all of our city’s community and senior centers, and our police department is making an additional 4,000 locks available through all of its precincts.”

 

New partnerships with organizations such as the Making A Difference Coalition, which holds multiple events around the region, will complement existing partnerships with 4-H Shooting Sports, Delta Waterfowl, Range USA, The Well Armed Woman, Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, The Pursuit of God Transformation Center, and local media to continue emphasizing firearms safety in the home. 

“As a community, we have seen directly how firearms accidents and misuse affect families, neighborhoods and whole communities,” said Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. “And in almost every case, we’ve also seen how accidents could have been prevented. I’m hopeful that as this campaign continues in Memphis, these efforts will save lives.”

 

Project ChildSafe Memphis, as part of the Project ChildSafe Communities initiative, is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The goal of the effort 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.

 

“This enhanced effort is especially important as summer begins,” said NSSF President and CEO Steve Sanetti.  “Storing firearms responsibly is important all year, but it’s important to really stress that message when school is out and kids are more likely to be at home and possibly on their own.”

 

Through partnerships with more than 15,000 local law enforcement agencies and more than 8,700 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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

 

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